The number of US military deaths in the Afghan theater officially passed 2,000 by Jun 21. MSM do not report this because they rely on the AP’s count that ignores troops who died supporting the war (formally: “Operation Enduring Freedom” ) outside Afghanistan.
US military occupation forces in Afghanistan under Commander-in-Chief Obama suffered 83 casualties in the week ending July 17, as the official casualty total for the Iraq and AfPak wars* rose to 114,558.
The total includes 79,468 casualties since the US invaded Iraq in March, 2003 (Operations “Iraqi Freedom” and “New Dawn”), and 35,090 since the US invaded Afghanistan in November, 2001 (Operation “Enduring Freedom”).
AFGHANISTAN THEATER: US forces suffered 82 combat casualties in the week ending July 17 raising the total to 35,090. This includes 18,464 dead and wounded from what the Pentagon classifies as “hostile” causes and 16,626 dead or medically evacuated (as of May 7) from what it calls “non-hostile” causes.
IRAQ THEATER: US casualties remained at 79,468 for the week ending July 17. This includes 35,753 dead and wounded from “hostile” causes and 43,715 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 (6,525: 4,489 in Iraq; 2,036 in Afghanistan) but rarely mentioning those wounded in action (49,085: 32,227 in Iraq; 16,858 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 6,525 total dead include 1,392 (962 in Iraq, 430 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 has 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
(See note above) Monthly reports at http://www.dmdc.osd.mil/dcas/
The above report is published by Michael Munk via his email list.