US foreign fighters in Afghanistan under Commander-in-Chief Obama suffered 57 casualties in the 8 days ending Nov. 14, as the official casualty total for the Iraq and AfPak wars* rose to 115,797.
The total includes 79,461 casualties since the US invaded Iraq in March, 2003 (Operations “Iraqi Freedom” and “New Dawn”), and 36,336 since the US invaded Afghanistan in November, 2001 (Operation “Enduring Freedom”)
AFGHANISTAN THEATER: US foreign fighters suffered 56 combat casualties in the 8 days ending Nov. 14 raising the total to 36,3366. This includes 19,693 (4 pending) dead and wounded from what the Pentagon classifies as “hostile” causes and 16,642 dead or medically evacuated (as of May 7! – see note at bottom) from what it calls “non-hostile” causes.
IRAQ THEATER: Total casualties remained at 79,461 as of Nov 14 This includes 35,747 dead and wounded from “hostile” causes and 43,709 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 (6,635- 4,488 in Iraq, 2,147 in Afghanistan) but rarely mentioning those wounded in action (50,212-32,220 in Iraq; 17,992 in Afghanistan). They ignore the 58,950 (42,751in Iraq,16,199 in AfPak (as of May 7!) military casualties injured and ill seriously enough to be medevac’d out of theater, even though the 6,635 total dead include 1,403 (961 in Iraq, 442 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 now 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.