September Casualties

Iraq: Total US deaths in September: 25.

That’s up 2 (8.6%) from August and down 41 (62%) from last September. This was the lowest total for the month of September since the Iraq campaign began in 2003.

17 of the 25 September deaths (68%) were classified as non-hostile. 7 of them were in a helicopter crash on the 18th.

Afghanistan: Total US deaths in September: 24.

That’s up 3 (14%) from August and up 16 (200%) from last September. This was the highest total for the month of September since the Afghanistan campaign began in 2001.

Only 1 of the 24 September deaths (4%) was classified as non-hostile.

Clearly, though casualties only tell part of the story, Iraq is getting much better and Afghanistan is getting much worse.