Quick Facts

Many Have Given Their Life or Health in Service to Our Countries.

USA Causalities and Coalition Dead

 The US military has carefully counted its uniformed dead in the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. As of June 6, 2011, that number totaled 6,051, with 4,457 dead in Iraq and Afghanistan.

1,594 dead in Afghanistan The list of ways that these mostly young people died is a horrific catalog of what actually happens in war. They died by the enemy’s deadly targeting or mangled in the dangerous equipment they work with. They died because of the chaos of war, accidentally shooting each other, or at their own hands as the mental anguish of killing and being at risk of dying takes a self-destructive toll. The causes of death include hostile rocket propelled grenade fire and the improvised explosive devices that have been responsible for roughly half of all deaths and injuries in Iraq and Afghanistan. But they also include truck rollovers and other vehicle crashes, electrocutions, heatstroke deaths, friendly fire, and suicides in theater. A total of 287 individuals have committed suicide while deployed, and 2,129 military suicides have occurred since 2001. In some cases, the official cause of death has been disputed (a death that appears to be a suicide being listed as an accident, for example) or as undetermined or pending determination.

http://projects.washingtonpost.com/fallen/ (this is not necessarily a fully list)

US Wounded

As of April 4, 2011, the Department of Defense reported a total of 43,822 US troops “wounded in action” since the beginning of the wars. In addition, there are “non-hostile-related medical air transports” of sick and injured troops totaling 55,243. Again, these include all medical evacuations from theater, including disease, heat stroke, self-inflicted injuries, and “combat fatigue,” but do not include casualties which do not involve air transport. All are categorized as “casualties” by the Department of Defense.

Numbers of US contractor wounded are available through the Department of Labor: as of May 10, 2011, there were 33,295 claims for injury or illness that involved lost time on the job, but these figures are acknowledged to be quite incomplete. Contractor injuries in both wars have been conservatively estimated at 51,031 through March 2011,24 using Department of Labor numbers. If one takes the figure for the percentage of contract workers employed by the US military who died in Iraq and Afghanistan from the invasions up to March 2007 who were US citizens, which is 23 percent, this would mean roughly 11,737 of the total contractor wounded figure of 51,031 were US citizens.

Together, then, these numbers bring the total of injured and ill DoD contractors and US troops in both wars to 150,096, and the number of US citizens who were acknowledged to have been injured or fallen ill in country in the two wars to 110,802.

This total, however, does not include the still large number of untreated or undiagnosed illnesses and war disability incurred by US forces. That the actual wounding of war is orders of magnitude larger than these official numbers indicate is evidenced by the fact that the US VA system alone has already treated more than 650,000 veterans of the two wars for a variety of problems and received 550,000 disability claims from veterans of the two wars.
(Information on this page is taken from the publication: US and Coalition Casualties in Iraq and Afghanistan, Catherine Lutz, Watson Institute, Brown University, Who also used various sources listed in the end notes other publication. Sea2Sea is not responsible for the content of external sites)

UK Deaths:

UK forces have been in Afghanistan since US-led forces launched Operation Enduring Freedom in 2001, targeting al-Qaeda and its Taliban supporters. As the UK’s role has changed, troop numbers have increased. Most casualties have been caused by improvised explosive devices, or IEDs. Others have died in clashes with insurgents, accidents or by other causes.UK troop levels, and casualties, increased sharply in 2006 when Nato took over leadership of operations in the south – with most British forces based in Helmand where Taliban influence was strong. Operations such as Panther’s Claw against Taliban strongholds also increase the risk of exposure to IEDs.

The overwhelming majority of casualties are soldiers from the lower ranks, killed while out on foot on patrol. Women work on the front line, but not in close-combat roles such as infantry, commando or tank units. The UK plans to end to combat operations in Afghanistan by 2014.


British Casualties (Afghanistan) 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 Total (less fatalities)
Fatalities 0 3 9 1 11 39 42 51 108 103 15 382
Very Seriously Injured 0 1 0 3 2 18 23 27 83 80 10 247
Seriously Injured 0 0 1 3 0 13 40 38 75 74 14 258
Field Hospital Admissions 0 0 0 0 0 240 832 1008 1229 1262 196 4767
Aero-medical evacuations 0 0 0 0 0 262 572 800 1313 1225 290 4462
Total (less fatalities) 0 1 1 6 2 533 1467 1873 2700 2641 510 9734
British Casualties (Iraq) 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 Totals (less fatalities)
Fatalities 0 0 53 22 23 29 47 4 1 179
Very Seriously Injured 0 0 14 14 5 11 24 5 0 73
Seriously Injured 0 0 32 31 15 21 45 4 1 149
Field Hospital Admissions 0 0 0 0 0 1302 1300 778 218 3598
Aero-medical evacuations 0 0 0 0 0 701 603 433 234 1971
Total (less fatalities) 0 0 46 45 20 2035 1972 1220 453 5791

Comments are closed.