Thursday May 23, 2013
New Figures Released in US AfPak War CasualtiesMichael Munk Salem-News.com
The Pentagon and media fail to list deaths in hospitals outside of the war theatres.
(PORTLAND, OR) - For the first time since Nov 14, the Pentagon updated its AfPak war casualty figures today.
US foreign fighters in Afghanistan under Commander-in-Chief Obama suffered 86 casualties in the 14 days ending Nov. 28, as the official casualty total for the Iraq and AfPak wars* rose to 115,882.
The total includes 79,461 casualties since the US invaded Iraq in March, 2003 (Operations "Iraqi Freedom" and "New Dawn"), and 36,421 since the US invaded Afghanistan in November, 2001 (Operation "Enduring Freedom")
AFGHANISTAN THEATER: US foreign fighters suffered 84 combat casualties in the 14 days ending Nov. 28 raising the total to 36,421. This includes 19,777 (3 pending) dead and wounded from what the Pentagon classifies as "hostile" causes and 16,644 dead or medically evacuated (as of May 7!) from what it calls "non-hostile" causes.
IRAQ THEATER: Total casualties remained at 79,461 as of Nov 28 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 (6,641- 4,488 in Iraq, 2,153 in Afghanistan) but rarely mentioning those wounded in action (50,291-32,220 in Iraq; 18,071 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 1,405 (961 in Iraq, 444 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/
*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/
(See note above) Monthly reports now at http://www.dmdc.osd.mil/dcas/
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