By VOA News
The Pentagon says at least 4,337 members of the
U.S. military have died in the war in Iraq during the past six years.
U.S. officials say their tally is correct as of 14 hours, Universal Time Friday and includes all deaths since March 2003. Over that same period, more than 31,000 service members were wounded.
The Pentagon also says at least 716 troops have died in and around Afghanistan since the U.S. war on terrorism began in September 2001. Most of those deaths occurred in Afghanistan; others were in Uzbekistan or Pakistan.
More than 3,500 service men and women have been wounded, and the U.S. Defense Department also lists an additional 69 deaths that occurred in other countries during the past eight years of antiterrorist operations which the U.S. military calls Operation Enduring Freedom.
Those additional casualties took place in countries such as Djibouti, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan and Turkey. Also in Eritrea, Ethiopia, Jordan, Kenya, the Philippines, Seychelles, Sudan and Yemen, as well as at the U.S. Guantanamo base in Cuba.
The overall list of U.S. military dead since the terrorist attacks on the United States on September 11, 2001 - 5,123 men and women - includes 14 civilians working for the military.
Most of the deaths occurred during or as a result of combat operations, but slightly more than one-fifth of all fatalities occurred under what the Pentagon calls "non-hostile" circumstances. More than 30 percent of all casualties in and around Afghanistan are in this category, and more than 20 percent in Iraq.
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