Afghanistan Casualties: Military Forces and Civilians
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This report collects statistics from a variety of sources on casualties sustained during Operation Enduring Freedom OEF, which began on October 7, 2001, and is ongoing. OEF actions take place primarily in Afghanistan however, OEF casualties also includes American casualties in Pakistan, Uzbekistan, Guantanamo Bay Cuba, Djibouti, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Jordan, Kenya, Kyrgyzstan, the Philippines, Seychelles, Sudan, Tajikistan, Turkey, and Yemen. Casualty data of U.S. military forces are compiled by the U.S. Department of Defense DOD, as tallied from the agencys press releases. Also included are statistics on those wounded but not killed. Statistics may be revised as circumstances are investigated and as records are processed through the U.S. militarys casualty system. More frequent updates are available at DODs website at httpwww.defenselink.milnews under Casualty Update. A detailed casualty summary of U.S. military forces that includes data on deaths by cause, as well as statistics on soldiers wounded in action, is available at the following DOD website httpsiadapp.dmdc.osd.milpersonnelCASUALTYcastop.htm. NATOs International Security Assistance Force ISAF does not post casualty statistics of the military forces of partner countries on the ISAF website at httpwww.isaf.nato.int. ISAF press releases state that it is ISAF policy to defer to the relevant national authorities to provide notice of any fatality. For this reason, this report uses fatality data of coalition forces as compiled by CNN.com and posted online at httpwww.cnn.comSPECIALS2004oef.casualtiesindex.html.
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