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Last Week: 26 US War CasualtiesMichael Munk Salem-News.com
US media divert attention from the actual cost in American life and limb by reporting regularly only the total killed, but rarely mentioning those wounded in action
(PORTLAND, OR) - US military occupation forces in Afghanistan under Commander-in-Chief Obama suffered 26 casualties in the week ending March 6, as the official casualty total for the Iraq and AfPak wars* rose to 112, 605.
The total includes 79,576 casualties since the US invaded Iraq in March, 2003 (Operations "Iraqi Freedom" and "New Dawn"), and 33,029 since the US invaded Afghanistan in November, 2001 (Operation "Enduring Freedom")
AFGHANISTAN THEATER: US forces suffered 26 casualties in the week ending Mar 6 as the total rose to 33,029. The total includes 16,935 dead and wounded from "hostile" causes and 16,094 dead or medically evacuated (as of Feb 6) from "non-hostile" causes.
IRAQ THEATER: The Pentagon shifted one death from its "hostile" to "non hostile" accounts in the week ending Mar 6 as the total remained at 79,576. That includes 35,749 dead and wounded from what the Pentagon classifies as "hostile" causes and 43,827 dead or medically evacuated (as of Feb 6) from "non-hostile" causes.
US media divert attention from the actual cost in American life and limb by reporting regularly only the total killed (6,386 - 4,488 in Iraq,1,898 in Afghanistan) but rarely mentioning those wounded in action (47,638--32,223 in Iraq, 15,438 in Afghanistan). They ignore the 58,558 (42,865 in Iraq,15,693 in AfPak (as of Feb. 6) military casualties injured and ill seriously enough to be medivaced out of theater, even though the 6,386 total dead include 1,363 (962 in Iraq, 401in Afghanistan) who died from those same "non hostile" causes, including 309 suicides (as of Feb 6) and at least 18 in Iraq from faulty KBR electrical work.
*LIBYA :Operation "Odessy 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/
Non combat casualties are usually reported monthly at http://siadapp.dmdc.osd.mil/
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