Iraq: U.S. Casualties

This report presents casualty data compiled by the Department of Defense (DOD) as tallied from the agency's press releases.

Iraq: U.S. Casualties Susan G. Chesser Information Research Specialist November 30, 2009 Congressional Research Service 7-5700 www.crs.gov RS21578 CRS Report for Congress Prepared for Members and Committees of Congress Iraq: U.S. Casualties T he following casualty data were compiled by the Department of Defense (DOD) as tallied from the agency’s press releases. Table 1 provides statistics on fatalities during Operation Iraqi Freedom, which began on March 19, 2003, and is ongoing, as well as on the number of fatalities since May 1, 2003, plus statistics on those wounded but not killed, since March 19, 2003. Statistics may be revised as circumstances are investigated and as all records are processed through the U.S. military’s casualty system. More frequent updates are available at DOD’s website at http://www.defenselink.mil/news/ under “Casualty Update.” A detailed casualty summary that includes data on deaths by cause, as well as statistics on soldiers wounded in action, is available at DOD’s website at http://siadapp.dmdc.osd.mil/ personnel/CASUALTY/castop.htm. Table 1. Operation Iraqi Freedom, U.S. Fatalities and Wounded as of November 30, 2009, 10 a.m. EST Fatalities Hostile Non-hostile Total March 19, 2003, to the Present May 1, 2003, to the Present 3,478 3,360 891 857 4,369 4,217 Wounded March 19, 2003, to the Present In actiona 31,572 Not Returned to Duty 13,877 – – Source: DOD press releases. Note: President George W. Bush’s statement that combat operations in Iraq had ended can be found in the Weekly Compilation of Presidential Documents, May 1, 2003, p. 516. a. Includes the “Not Returned to Duty” figure. Author Contact Information Susan G. Chesser Information Research Specialist schesser@crs.loc.gov, 7-9547 Congressional Research Service 1