DoD US Military Casualties in Afghanistan as of 11 November 2011

Yesterday the world paused and observed a minute of silence in honour of those that sacrificed everything in the struggle for freedom.  Unfortunately, the war that was intended to end all wars, World War I, did not take into account human nature and to this day armed conflicts around the globe are still the norm.  The war in Afghanistan, this week, claimed the life of yet another American soldier and injured 60 others.  Add to this the lives of soldiers and their families that have been changed forever, with the horrors they have seen in this war torn country.  Many of them with multiple tours.

There has been an upsurge of violence in Afghanistan this year, with pointed insurgent attacks on politicians and Afghan Security Forces installations.  Suicide bombers, Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs) and car bombs have been the primary tools of Taliban insurgents.  NATO, which sees training of Afghan Security forces a priority, has launched a major training effort to ensure Afghanistan can ensure its own security after NATO’s departure in 2014.

The world remains fragile, especially in the Middle East.  Iran’s nuclear capability is a threat not only for the region, but for the globe as a whole.  Israel has been said to be planning a strike against Iran’s nuclear facilities, while Iran has threatened to respond harshly if anyone should attack.  While the fragile situation remains in the Middle East, one must ask how wise it is to withdraw US troops from Iraq at this time.  Hopefully Iraq’s government has the ability to keep the country safe.

The wars in Afghanistan and Iraq have claimed 6308 American soldiers and injured another 47,073, not including those with mental scars.  The toll over the last decade has, in fact, been quite high.  At the very least we should see some tangible results for this sacrifice. The DoD figures only tell a part of the story.

Below are this weeks updated DoD casualty figures:

Op Enduring Freedom           Total Deaths   KIA   Non Hostile        WIA

Afghanistan Only                                   1717               1435         282                   14793

Other Locations                                       103                    12           91

DoD Civ Casualties                                      3                       1             2

Worldwide Total                                     1823                1448        375                   14793

Accumulated 2011 Casualties

KIA     Non Combat Deaths         WIA

338                     81                                  4677


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