October 10, 2012

US foreign fighters in Afghanistan and Iraq under Commander-in-Chief Obama suffered 63 casualties in the 8 days ending October 10, as the official casualty total for the Iraq and AfPak wars* rose to 115,532.

The total includes 79,471 casualties since the US invaded Iraq in March, 2003 (Operations “Iraqi Freedom” and “New Dawn”), and 36,061 since the US invaded Afghanistan in November, 2001 (Operation “Enduring Freedom”)

AFGHANISTAN THEATER: US foreign fighters suffered 65 combat casualties in the 8 days ending Oct. 10, raising the total to 36,061 This includes 19,422 dead and wounded from what the Pentagon classifies as “hostile” causes and 16,639 dead or medically evacuated (as of May 7!) from what it calls “non-hostile” causes.

IRAQ THEATER: Additional US troops went recently sent to Iraq, although it is not whether whether that accounts for three WIA reported today. US foreign fighters suffered three combat casualties in the 8 days ending Oct 10, raising the total to 79,471 as of Oct. 10. This includes 35,756 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 (6,617- 4,489 in Iraq, 2,128 in Afghanistan) but rarely mentioning those wounded in action (49,967-32,230 in Iraq, 17,737 in Afghanistan). They ignore the 58,955 (42,752 in Iraq,16,204 in AfPak (as of May 7!) military casualties injured and ill seriously enough to be medevac’d out of theater, even though the 6,615 total dead include 1,405 (962 in Iraq, 443 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.