6,844 Dead Americans
That’s what 13 years of war have cost us in blood
A U.S. Air Force F-16 fighter pilot died when his or her jet crashed near a Middle East air base on Nov. 30.
Hundreds of U.S. and allied warplanes—including F-16s—have congregated at bases in Iraq, Qatar, Bahrain, the United Arab Emirates and Kuwait and on ships at sea for air strikes on Islamic State militants in Iraq and Syria.
“The crash did not occur in Iraq or Syria,” U.S. Central Command stated.
The pilot is the third American to die in Operation Inherent Resolve, the Pentagon’s code name for the war on Islamic State. All the American deaths were accidental—not the result of enemy action.
The Nov. 30 crash brings to 6,844 the number of American service members and Defense Department civilians who have died since 2001 in Iraq, Afghanistan, The Philippines and other war zones that Washington includes in its “war on terror.”
The Congressional Research Service helpfully publishes periodic reports detailing American war casualties. The latest update was on Nov. 20 and did not include the recent F-16 crash.
Since 2001, 52,281 American troops have suffered wounds in combat, according to CRS. The count apparently does not include minor injuries.
The wars have resulted in 1,573 amputations, 307,282 traumatic brain injuries and 128,496 cases of post-traumatic stress disorder. 161 women service members have died. 349 troops have killed themselves while deployed in combat zones.
CRS does not count allies’ casualties, civilian deaths and injuries in U.S. war zones or casualties among civilian contractors working for the Pentagon.