Tuesday, August 18, 2009

United States Forces casualties in the war- 5,113

(AP Photo/Julie Jacobson)

An Aug. 10, 2009 photo shows Marine Lt. Victoria Sherwood, left, of Woodbury, Conn., waiting with members of a Female Engagement Team for a security detail to take position before making contact with locals in the village of Khwaja Jamal with Golf Company, 2nd Batallion, 3rd Regiment of the 2nd MEB, 2nd MEF in the Helmand Province of Afghanistan. .

A combined force of some 500 U.S. and Afghan troops took part in the attack, which included helicopters, snipers, and women Marines brought in to deal with Afghan women during the compound-by-compound search conducted by Afghan forces that accompanied the Americans.

Casualties have mounted as U.S. and NATO troops ramp up military operations to send thousands more U.S. forces to Afghanistan to cope with the rising Taliban insurgency.

Three U.S. Marines and a Polish soldier died in the latest attacks, setting August on course to surpass the 75 U.S. and NATO deaths from all causes in July.

United States Forces casualties in the war in Afghanistan

As of August 10, 2009: there have been

782 United States Forces casualties in the war in Afghanistan.

3,442 additional American soldiers have been wounded in action during the war;

2,166 of them not returning to duty.

United States Forces casualties in the war in Iraq

Dead - 4,331

Wounded - 31,463


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