United States military casualties in the War in Afghanistan

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As of August 4, 2014, there have been 2,201 U.S. military deaths in the War in Afghanistan and additional 134 fatalities in the broader Operation Enduring Freedom outside Afghanistan. 1,819 of these deaths inside Afghanistan have been the result of hostile action. 19 964 American servicemembers have been wounded in action during the war.[1] In addition there are 1,173 U.S. civilian contractor fatalities.[2]

At the end of May 2010, the number of American fatalities was reported to have reached 1,000.[3][4] By September 2012, the total number passed 2,000.[5] More than two-thirds of those deaths have occurred since the American military presence in Afghanistan was doubled under President Barack Obama in 2009.

The highest number of American fatalities recorded in a single incident occurred on August 6, 2011, in which a transport helicopter was shot down killing 30 Americans, including 22 Navy SEALs.[6][7] In another incident in August 2014 major general Harold J. Greene became the highest-ranking American servicemember killed by hostile action.[8][9]

Numbers of fatalities[edit]

As of February 28, 2014, the United States Department of Defense official statistics lists 2,175 servicemembers as having died in Afghanistan. Of these, 1,795 are due to hostile action and 373 non-hostile.[10]

In addition, another 116 soldiers are reported to have died as part of Operation Enduring Freedom (OEF); 48 are confirmed to have died in Africa, Southeast Asia or Cuba in support of OEF - Horn of Africa, OEF - Philippines, OEF - Trans Sahara, and in the detainment of prisoners in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.[11] 40 fatalities incurred outside the war zone while supporting combat operations in Afghanistan, making a total of 1,797 United States servicemen killed in the war in Afghanistan. Of the 40, four died due to hostile action; a Marine and a civilian DoD employee killed by terrorist gunmen in Kuwait and two military airmen killed by a lone wolf terrorist in Germany.[4][12]

Many veterans have committed suicide as a result of physiological problems developed during their service.[13]

The iCasualties.org figure of 2,035 is higher than the Department of Defense's officially stated figure, although according to the website all of the names listed at iCasualties.org have been confirmed by the Department of Defense.[14]

Casualties by month and year[edit]

All Fatalities[edit]

U.S. fatalities by month in only Afghanistan according to iCasualties.org

Grand Total: 2,238

U.S. all fatalities in Afghanistan only


Note: Table omits the deaths of 92 soldiers killed in support of operations in Afghanistan in other countries.

Killed in action only[edit]

U.S. KIA (hostile) in Afghanistan only by month according to iCasualties.org

Grand Total: 2,039

These totals are U.S. KIA (hostile) in Afghanistan only,


Note: Table omits the deaths of four troops killed in action in support of operations in Afghanistan in other countries. These are the marine and the civilian Department of Defence employee killed in Kuwait in October 2002 and January 2003, respectively, and the two airman killed in Germany in 2011. Friendly fire deaths are included in the table.

Incidents of multiple deaths of U.S. service members in the war[edit]

See also[edit]


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  2. ^ a b "Marine from Camp Pendleton unit is 1,000th U.S. military fatality in Afghanistan, news reports say"
  3. ^ a b c "Operation Enduring Freedom | Afghanistan". iCasualties. 2010-05-28. Retrieved 2013-10-20. 
  4. ^ "US military death toll in Afghanistan reaches 2,000". BBC News. September 30, 2012. Retrieved 30 September 2012. 
  5. ^ a b "Helicopter Shot Down: 22 Navy SEALs Dead in Crash in Afghanistan - ABC News". Abcnews.go.com. 2011-08-06. Retrieved 2013-10-20. 
  6. ^ a b "Afghanistan Helicopter Crash Marks Deadliest Day for U.S. Forces in 10 Years | PBS NewsHour | Aug. 8, 2011". PBS. Retrieved 2013-10-20. 
  7. ^ Rosenberg, Matthew; Kakaraug, Haris (5 August 2014). "U.S. General Is Killed in Attack at Afghan Base, Officials Say". The New York Times. Retrieved 5 August 2014. 
  8. ^ "U.S. general killed in Afghanistan was key figure in training effort". Washington Post. 5 August 2014. Retrieved 5 August 2014. 
  9. ^ http://www.defense.gov/news/casualty.pdf
  10. ^ "Operation Enduring Freedom, Cuba, Fatalities". iCasualties. 19 September 2011. Retrieved 19 September 2011.  (Note: apply filter for Country of Death = Cuba)
  11. ^ http://www.defenselink.mil/news/casualty.pdf
  12. ^ Kristof, Nicholas D. (April 14, 2012). "A Veteran's Death, the Nation's Shame". The New York Times. 
  13. ^ Methodology for tracking Coalition Fatality database at the Wayback Machine (archived February 13, 2008)
  14. ^ a b "OEF | Afghanistan | Fatalities By Month". iCasualties. 2010-05-28. Retrieved 2013-10-20. 
  15. ^ http://www.defenselink.mil//releases/release.aspx?releaseid=11478
  16. ^ http://www.defenselink.mil//releases/release.aspx?releaseid=11482
  17. ^ http://www.airforcetimes.com/news/2011/04/air-force-leaders-say-airmen-killed-in-afghanistan-shooting-042811w/
  18. ^ Oppel Jr, Richard A.; Siegel, Matt (August 30, 2012). "5 Soldiers' Deaths in Afghanistan Mark Australia's Worst Toll Yet". The New York Times. 
  19. ^ Muñoz, Carlo. "Report: Taliban suicide strike kills three US troops in Eastern Afghanistan". The Hill. Retrieved 1 October 2012. 
  20. ^ "5 US troops die in helicopter crash in Afghanistan". Yahoo News. Retrieved 24 March 2013. 
  21. ^ "Afghan Doctor, 6 Americans Killed in Afghanistan Attacks". VOA. Retrieved 7 April 2013. 
  22. ^ "7 American service members killed in Afghanistan". Yahoo News. Retrieved 6 May 2013. 

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