June 12, 2012

US military occupation forces in Afghanistan and Iraq under Commander-in-Chief Obama suffered 100 casualties in the week ending June 12, as the official casualty total for the Iraq and AfPak wars* rose to 114,038.

The total includes 79,475 casualties since the US invaded Iraq in March, 2003 (Operations “Iraqi Freedom” and “New Dawn”), and 34,563 since the US invaded Afghanistan in November, 2001 (Operation “Enduring Freedom”)

AFGHANISTAN THEATER: US forces suffered 98 combat casualties in the week ending June 12 raising the total to 34,563. This includes 17,942 dead and wounded from what the Pentagon classifies as “hostile” causes and 16,621 dead or medically evacuated (as of May 7) from what it calls “non-hostile” causes.

IRAQ THEATER: US forces in Iraq reported one more WIA in the week ending June 12, raising the total to 79,475. This includes 35,755 dead and wounded from “hostile” causes and 43,720 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 (6,488- 4,489 in Iraq,1,999 in Afghanistan) but rarely mentioning those wounded in action (48,506-32,229 in Iraq, 16,368 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 medevac’d out of theater, even though the 6,488 total dead include 1,388 (963 in Iraq, 425 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. NOTE: The Pentagon seems to have stopped its monthly reports on “non hostile” injured and ill. Its previous website was changed to https://www.dmdc.osd.mil/dcas/pages/report_sum_reason.xhtml The last total was as of May 7, 2012.

*LIBYA :Operation “Odyssey 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.