U.S. Casualties

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Iraqi Casualties

  • U.S. Dead: > 5,011
    More than 5,011 service-men and women have lost their lives in Iraq & Afghanistan.

  • U.S. KIA in Iraq since Mission Accomplished:  At the time the President announced "Mission Accomplished," on 1 May 2003, 139 American servicemen & women had lost their lives in the War in Iraq, less than 3% of the total KIA to date.

  • U.S. Wounded: > 34,431
    More than 34,431 service-men and women have been wounded in Iraq & Afghanistan.

  • Civilian Contractor Dead: > 1,569
    More than 1,569 civilian contractors  have died, and more than 34,780 have been wounded.  .... Increasingly, private contractors have taken up many of the tasks which used to be performed by military personnel.

  • Of course, other U.S. servicemen & women have been dying or wounded elsewhere, including other countries in Africa, throughout Asia, and in Central & South America, as well ... all areas considered by the State Dept. to be homes to "terrorism."


...  In Memoriam  ...

Fly the Flag at Half-Mast
for Those Who Have Fallen

In honor of those who have fallen, whether in wars past or in the current War on Terrorism, DownStreet asks you to remember them.  From Memorial Day 2002, we have kept this flag at half-mast -- and it will continue to fly at half-mast a single day for each service man and woman who has lost his or her life in the War on Terrorism, or until the war is over.  ...  Meanwhile, we ask that you fly your flag at half-mast in memory of those who have sacrificed their lives.  ...

  • Iraqi Dead:
    92,000 - 1 million
    An accurate number of the Iraqi dead is hard to come by.  Conser-vative analysts estimated nearly 10,000 by Oct. of 2003.  Current estimates based on the Iraq Body Count -- a "citi-zens’ initiative" which "records the violent civilian deaths ... caused by US-led coalition forces and para-military or criminal attacks by others"  -- now places the count at more than 92,000. 

  • On the other hand, back in November of 2004, when the Iraq Body Count placed the number of civilian dead at roughly 14,000 - 16,000, a study out of the Center for International Emer-gency Disaster and Refugee Studies, at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health in Baltimore and published in The Lancet, placed the count in excess of 100,000. 

  • The Johns Hopkins study was up-dated between May and July 2006 and reported in The Lancet in October 2006.  At that point, the Johns Hopkins study noted "there have been 654,965 (392,979 –942,636) excess Iraqi deaths as a consequence of the war, which corre-sponds to 2·5% of the population ... Of post-invasion deaths, 601,027 (426,369 - 793,663) were due to violence, the most common cause being gunfire."  If this study is accurate, then Iraqi deaths have been running roughly

  • Between these two counts stands a study conducted by the WHO, which, as of June 2006, had placed Iraqi civilian deaths at  151,000.  The Iraq Coalition Casualty Count, on the other hand, has been providing numbers at about half the rate of the Iraq Body Count.

  • While both then-President Bush and then-Prime Minis-ter Tony Blair had publicly criticized the Johns Hopkins study, the British newspaper, The Guardian, report-ed in March 2008 that "the chief scientific adviser to the Ministry of Defence described the methods used ... as close to best practice and added that the 'study design is robust'."



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