May 22, 2012

US military occupation forces in Afganistan under Commander-in-Chief Obama suffered 78 casualties in the week ending May 22, as the official casualty total for the Iraq and AfPak wars* rose to 113,564.

The total includes 79,374 casualties since the US invaded Iraq in March, 2003 (Operations “Iraqi Freedom” and “New Dawn”), and 34,190 since the US invaded Afganistan in November, 2001 (Operation “Eduring Freedom”)

AFGANISTAN THEATER: US forces suffered 78 combat casualties in the week ending May 22 raising the total to 34,190. This includes 17,575 dead and wounded from what the Pentagon classifies as “hostile” causes and 16,615 dead or medically evacuated (as of May 7) from what it calls “non-hostile” causes.

IRAQ THEATER: US forces in Iraq reported three additional WIAs in the week ending May 22 raising the total to 79,374. This includes 35,655 (corrected after a typo last week) dead and wounded from “hostile” causes and 43,719 dead or medically evacuated (as of May 7) from “non-hostile” causes.

US media divert attention from the actual cost in American life and limb by reporting regularly only the total killed (6,458- 4,488 in Iraq,1,970 in Afghanistan) but rarely mentioning those wounded in action (48, 253-32,229 in Iraq, 16,024 in Afghanistan). They ignore the 58,948 (42,752 in Iraq,16,196 in AfPak (as of May 7) military casualties injured and ill seriously enough to be medivaced out of theater, even though the 6,436 total dead include 1,381 (962 in Iraq, 419 in Afghanistan) who died from those same “non hostile” causes, including 314 suicides (as of May 7) and at least 18 in Iraq from faulty KBR electrical work.

*LIBYA :Operation “Odyessy Dawn” launched in March, officially ended Oct 31, 2011 with no reported US casualties.

WIA are usually updated on Tuesday at www.defenselink.mil/news/casualty.pdf

Non combat casualties are usually reported monthly at http://siadapp.dmdc.osd.mil/personnel/CASUALTY/castop.htm

The above report is published by Michael Munk via his email list.