About Me

My photo
Swansea, Wales, United Kingdom
Ex Media Studies student at Swansea University. This blog is a collection of links, articles, academic reference and random thoughts.

Saturday, 6 October 2007

The Human Cost of the Coalition Forces in Iraq


I was shocked to read the high figures relating to the deaths of US soldiers inj Iraq and checked the British Army statistics to see how they compare-:


As at 22 September 2007, a total of 170 British Armed Forces personnel or MOD civilians have died serving in Iraq since the start of the campaign in March 2003.


Of these, 133 are classed as Killed in Action or Died of Wounds (109 are classed as Killed in Action and 24 are classed as Died of Wounds sustained from Action).


37 are known to have died either as a result of illness, non-combat injuries or accidents, or have not yet officially been assigned a cause of death pending the outcome of an investigation


For the period from 1 January 2006 to 31 August 2007:


Centrally available records show that:




  • 278 UK military and civilian personnel were admitted to UK Field Hospitals and categorised as Wounded in Action, including as a result of hostile action.
  • 1,908 UK military and civilian personnel were admitted to UK Field Hospitals for Disease or Non Battle Injuries.
  • 34 UK personnel were categorised as Very Seriously Injured from all causes excluding disease.
  • 59 UK military and civilian personnel were categorised as Seriously Injured from all causes excluding disease.
  • 1,155 UK military and civilian personnel were aeromedically evacuated from Iraq on medical grounds, whatever the reason.

Source -MOD


http://www.mod.uk/DefenceInternet/FactSheets/OperationsFactsheets/OperationsInIraqBritishCasualties.htm


Fortunately the figures are nowhere near as high as the US army fatalities but every life lost is tragic waste. As no end appears to be in sight it is a sad fact that these statistics will increase.


My Blog List

Global Voices Online » Palestine

ads