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New Figures Released in US AfPak War Casualties

The Pentagon and media fail to list deaths in hospitals outside of the war theatres.

Service in Kabul, Afghanistan for Scott Lundell of Utah, a Lieutenant killed fighting in Kandahar.
Service in Kabul, Afghanistan for Scott Lundell of Utah, a Lieutenant killed fighting in Kandahar.
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(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/pages/report_sum_reason.xhtml The last total was as of May 7, 2012.
*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
(See note above) Monthly reports now at http://www.dmdc.osd.mil/dcas/
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Vic December 5, 2012 5:04 am (Pacific time)

Thats right...it is all the fault of those damn illegal aliens...starting wars for profit, spending billions on weapons......It couldnt be us white Americans, right? Anon...if I had a drone, your trailer would be at the top of my target list.

Anonymous December 1, 2012 8:31 am (Pacific time)

I agree that this is all on Obama. He campaigned in 2008 that he was going to do some things right away, like shutting down Cuba and immediately reducing troops and bring them home before his first term was over. Evidently the "real world" was explained to him by military and other professionals, something non-military and those with limited experience simply do not grasp. Otherwise we would have all you amateurs step up and let us know how to do things. Life is not that simple, but simpletons will always believe that they understand the thousands of cultures out there, and to apply their western standards to the rest of the world is a big no-no. Most of those in power, especially in the Muslim-controlled areas know only power as their primary decision-maker. They love to see weakness that is brought out by political correctness and the stupidity that accompanies it. Obama's bosses, and they are his bosses, had him increase Drone attacks. This is a very good idea, and saves Americans. I say pull out all troops and just keep the Drones there with our tech's operating them here, or out at sea. We simply cannot allow the spread of Islam to continue via their terror tactics, nor allow any more nukes to be developed. A stitch in time saves nine is a good analogy, if not playing hardball now, we will be severely hurt. Any electorate that would vote for Obama and his feckless record demonstrates that we need to revisit voting qualifications. Picture ID and ballots only in english would be a good start. Like Mexico, have you seen their voting requirements? The Tower of Babel is here, and will get worse with time, especially as our border security continues to weaken. Then top that off with no enforcement to deal with illegals. Tens of thousands are here not to become Americans, but to conquer. Well a domestic war is coming, then what will Russia and China do? Things can go sideways in an instant, something experienced people are well aware of.

Anonymous November 30, 2012 5:56 pm (Pacific time)

It's all on Obama, it is his wars.

Tim King: Yeah I've heard that rumor that Bush was actually Obama with a mask, but I learned it isn't true, like your moral compass.  

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