As we draw near Veteran’s Day, Outside the Wire honors all who have made the ultimate sacrifice.
It has been an especially difficult year in Afghanistan, where there has been a 5-percent increase in deaths (326) and a 33-percent increase in injuries (3,179) from fiscal 2009, according to Congressional Research Service’s annual report, “Afghanistan Casualties: Military Forces and Civilians.”
This brings the total hostile and non-hostile fatalities to 1,298. Of the 8,394 troops wounded in action, 4,103 returned to duty within 72 hours, according to the report.
The U.S. military has the highest number of casualties by far. Britain has the second largest number of troops killed in action, with 338, then Canada with 153.