Death in Afghanistan and Iraq

Seven US servicemen were among eleven killed in a helicopter crash recently. This event occurred shortly after the one year anniversary of the death of 22  Navy SEALs, most of  whom belonged to seal team six, when their Helicopter was shot down in retaliation for the killing of Osama Bin Laden.

It’s easy to forget that nearly 2,000 US personnel have been killed in Afghanistan, the media stopped peppering us with that information when Barack Obama became President.

I don’t want to go there. This is not supposed to be about the media or politics, but like my tag line says” “looking at the world it’s all political.”

I know the war in Iraq is over for the United States but has anyone paid attention to what has been happening over there. From the AP:

Iraqi officials said Friday that a blistering string of attacks across the country the previous day ultimately killed at least 93 people and wounded many more, as the extent of the violence grew clearer and mourners began to bury their dead.

It was Iraq’s second deadliest day since U.S. troops left in December, surpassed only by a wave of coordinated killings last month. Thursday’s attacks seemed meant to strike fear in Iraqis and undermine faith in the Shiite-led government’s security measures ahead of what was supposed to be a festive holiday weekend.

“Al-Qaida wants to send a clear message to the Iraqi people that the terrorists are still strong and able to harm them despite the huge amount of funds spent on the Iraqi security forces,” said Shiite lawmaker Hakim al-Zamili, a member of Parliament’s security and defense committee. “The terrorists want to tell the Iraqi people that the security forces are still incapable of protecting them.”

Here is the yearly death toll of US serviceman in Afghanistan:

  • 2001: 3
  • 2002: 23
  • 2003: 30
  • 2004: 49
  • 2005: 93
  • 2006: 88
  • 2007: 110
  • 2008: 151
  • 2009: 305
  • 2010: 492
  • 2011: 398
  • 2012: 219

Here is the monthly breakdown since January 2010:

  • January 2010: 30
  •  February 2010: 28
  • March 2010: 24
  • April 2010: 19
  • May 2010: 34
  • June 2010: 60
  • July 2010: 65
  • August 2010: 55
  • September 2010: 42
  • October 2010: 49
  • November 2010: 53
  • December 2010: 33
  • January 2011: 24
  •  February 2011: 19
  • March 2011: 27
  • April 2011: 46
  • May 2011: 34
  • June 2011: 46        
  • July 2011: 33
  • August 2011: 71
  • September 2011: 38
  • October 2011: 28
  • November 2011: 17
  • December 2011: 15
  • January 2012: 25
  • February 2012: 10
  • March 2012: 18
  • April 2012: 34          
  • May 2012: 39
  • June 2012: 27
  • July 2012: 40
  • August 2012: 26

Honor their sacrifice and the sacrifices by their families.

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