The number of US military deaths in the Afghan theater officially passed 2,000 by June 21 and are now at least 2,091, but you didn’t know this if you rely on the MSM. They ignore the official Pentagon numbers in favor of the AP–which excludes troops who died (or received wounds or injuries from which they died after evacuation)in the official “Enduring Freedom” operation but outside Afghanistan. The Pentagon web site lists those countries.
US military occupation forces in Afghanistan under Commander-in-Chief Obama suffered 89 casualties in the week ending August 21, as the official casualty total for the Iraq and AfPak wars* rose to 115,037.
The total includes 79,468 casualties since the US invaded Iraq in March, 2003 (Operations “Iraqi Freedom” and “New Dawn”), and 35,569 since the US invaded Afghanistan in November, 2001 (Operation “Enduring Freedom”)
AFGHANISTAN THEATER: US forces suffered 89 combat casualties in the week ending August 21 raising the total to 35,575. This includes 18,939 dead and wounded from what the Pentagon classifies as “hostile” causes and 16,636 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 August 21. 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 (6,580- 4,489 in Iraq, 2,091 in Afghanistan) but rarely mentioning those wounded in action (49,515-32,227 in Iraq, 17,288 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 6,580 total dead include 1,402 (962 in Iraq, 440 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 “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
Monthly reports at http://www.dmdc.osd.mil/dcas/
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.
The above report is published by Michael Munk via his email list.