More than six thousand U.S. dead in Iraq and Afghanistan


Statistics compiled by the Congressional Research Service show that 6,640 American service members died as a result of military operations in Afghanistan and Iraq since 2001.

U.S. deaths have significantly declined in Iraq since September 2010, when the name of the military operation there shifted from "Iraqi Freedom" to "New Dawn" as the United States undertook its withdrawal from the country. American service member deaths under Operation New Dawn amounted to 66 as of Feb. 5.

The number of American service members diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder or traumatic brain injury has continued to trend upward, albeit at a slower rate starting in 2009 than from 2005 through 2008, when TBI diagnoses increased by nearly 134 percent and PTSD diagnoses increased by about 47 percent.

The CRS compiled the data in a report (.pdf) posted online by Secrecy News. It was able to find casualty information on the DoD website, but had to contact the Army Office of the Surgeon General to obtain information about diagnoses.

For more:
- download the CRS report, R222452, from the Secrecy News website (.pdf)

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