October 3rd, 2011
04:35 PM ET

The Afghan war 10 years later: A look at the numbers

During the past 10 years of war in Afghanistan, thousands of  troops have died and thousands more have been wounded.

A look at the statistics from the war reveals some broad and basic trends: The casualties have increased steadily every year, with a jump in the past three years of the war, a sizable number of the troops who have died are relatively young and many of the casualties have occurred in the southern part of Afghanistan.

For an in-depth look at U.S. and coalition casualties in Afghanistan, visit CNN's Home & Away visualization

Here are some of the statistics from the Afghan war:

- More than 2,700 troops from the United States and its coalition partners have died during the 10 years of war in Afghanistan, according to a CNN count.

- Troops from at least 26 countries have died in action in Afghanistan, according to a CNN count.

- Of that total, at least 1,780 are U.S. servicemen and women, according to a CNN count.

- Britain has the second-highest number of fatalities with 382 killed. Canada is third with at least 157 killed.

- At least 41 servicewomen have died in Afghanistan, according to a CNN count. Of that total, 31 are U.S. servicewomen.

- More than 14,000 U.S. troops have been wounded in action, according to the Pentagon.

- Since the conflict began, the number of casualties has risen by the year, with a significant jump from 2008 to 2009.  At least 296 coalition troops died in 2008. It nearly doubled in 2009 when 517 coalition troops were killed.

- The year with the highest number of fatalities thus far has been 2010, when 711 troops died.

- The worst month for fatalities was June 2010, when 103 troops died in action, according to a CNN count.

- Many of the troops killed in Afghanistan are between the ages of 19 and 29, according to a CNN analysis of the data. More 21-year-olds – 244 thus far - have died than any other age.

- Roadside bombs have killed at least 1,143 troops in Afghanistan, according to a CNN count. It is  the leading cause of fatalities. Small-arms fire has killed at least 365 troops and at least 232 troops have been killed in helicopter crashes.

- The southern provinces of Helmand and Kandahar, home to some of the fiercest opposition to the presence of U.S. and coalition forces and the birthplace of the Taliban, have the highest casualty rates per province. Most of the deaths have occurred in those southern provinces and the mountainous eastern provinces that border Pakistan.

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  1. nugha

    i wonder what exactly will end the war, for the US? will it be the number of terrorists killed? and, as of aulaquis death, that makes osama, ilyas kashmiri, and him. its sickening. including zawahiris claim that "alquada only kills innocents" (well, that of course lies in whom they define innocent)

    September 30, 2011 at 8:31 pm | Report abuse |
    • jim

      It will only end when a president decides to do what we did in Vietnam, declare victory and run like hell!

      October 1, 2011 at 8:18 am | Report abuse |
    • saytheword

      The end will be blurred with the beginning. The beginning will be marked with a massive military base erected in the middle of Afghanistan that will house thousands of troops and tons of military equipment in order to control, er uh, spread democracy in the middle east.

      October 4, 2011 at 5:29 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Dan from Detroit, MI

    It seems like the U.S. and it's NATO henchpeople haven't learned a thing over the past ten years. Even the Russians were finally able to read the handwriting on the wall after 8 years or so and wisely pulled out i 1989. But then again, Barack Obama seems to harbor a great vendetta against the Muslims and wants to hurt them as much as possible and he's been only too successful in that endeavor. Enough is enough!!!

    September 30, 2011 at 7:51 pm | Report abuse |
    • truefax

      Well his dady did abandon him and his moma.

      October 4, 2011 at 1:20 pm | Report abuse |
    • queenbee10

      I think Obama is trying to appease the Republicans and is trying to prove he can be as diligent about going to war as the best of them.

      October 4, 2011 at 11:21 pm | Report abuse |
  3. .

    and we thought Viet Nam was an abomination...................we learned not a thing.

    September 30, 2011 at 5:30 pm | Report abuse |
    • mv

      we learned that the vietnamese are much better fighters than the afghans.

      October 4, 2011 at 6:11 pm | Report abuse |
      • queenbee10

        ..and we learned that with all of our high tech we still can defeat neither–so what does it say, again?

        October 4, 2011 at 8:47 pm | Report abuse |
    • queenbee10

      Actually, we learned the Vietnamese were an anomaly–We were the abomination to them–we came into their country unbidden to help France and we thought like usual we could divide and conquer from within turning people against each other and having some of their own kind be our puppets and work for us (we also did this to Africans during slavery (got some to slave or sell slaves to us so we could point out they helped to–and we did it to the Native Americans–and the English or the West did it in Indonesia and in India and in every place the west took over and ruled–we woo a few from the groups we conquer and promise them our kind of riches and power if they will help us rule their brethren –BUT we do not understand either the ties or the code of the Middle or Far Eastern people–so all of our "games" keep boomeranging back on us–we cultivate lackeys as pawns only to find out they have been playing both sides–we think Pakistan turns on other Muslims and we expect our puppets in Iraq and Afghanistan to do our biddingp-but we fail to understand their own kind of game–where "they pretend to give in " for their own ends and yet fuel and help both sides.

      WHY would they do that? Pretending to give in stops our offensive attack and allows them a respite and to recoup–but they promise their brethren they are not really giving in and how they really hate us and will destroy us–because when we believe they are ours we allow them a little bit closer–close enough to suicide bomb or get money and weapons from–and we think we are the smart ones.

      The same thing happened in Vietnam–we learned that the people we deluded ourselves into believing we were saving–hated us and worked to send their babies strapped with bombs to kill us and that we could not really tell friend from foe–and those who consorted with us got murdered or we had to air lift them and the babies we made out of there or they all would have been killed–what we did not learn is how to undermine them–unlike the Indians or Africans or even many South Americans it is not enough to appeal to their greed because their creed is there is no dishonor in deceiving people like us–so they take from us, smile at us, pretend to be grateful and humble in front of us and plan to kill us, attack us and bomb us–How many of our soldier's last sight was of a person in the village they thought of as a friend or they befriended spitting on them or turning them over to insurgents? We will never know–but understand this war like the Vietnam war is different-Just like in America we blame and target people of color and it is easy to recognize them and single them out–people in the Middle EAst and Vietnam target people from America and it is easy to single them out and blame them-and given we did go over there and bomb and kill and maim and imprison–it is not a hard or unfeasible step for them to go from smilling and pretending to accept or like us to helping to plan a raid or our demise-it is not personal–just like all the death and destruction and mayhem we have given them for the past 10 years is not personal–we have few individual beefs we do our dirty deeds for a greater cause–well guess what–so do they–and unlike us, they can always tell themselves that it was we who started it and that they do what they must to defend themselves or pay back the invaders and in case a lot of you do not know this–WE are the invaders who killed their families and bombed them and destroyed their country–as for their own people who kill and bomb them–they do it so that none can be comfortable with consorting with the enemy–the word is–anyone who collaborates with us–not only is game to kill-but so are their families, the places they worship–their kin, their village–THAT is how they keep the rest from giving in or accepting us–they do not bow down not because all are indomitable–but because no matter what we do to them –if they give in the rebels/insurgents/Taliban/Al Qaeda among them will do much worse and will do it to their entire clan. Can we top that kind of barbarism and still win the hearts and minds of people?

      And since when do invaders EVER win the hearts and minds of people they harm? Nobody who harmed MY family could EVER win my heart or mind or be forgiven for what they did to me and mine–why expect them to be any different? Ah yes? Because many Americans are idealistic and because they are so naive that they cannot imagine the other side of the coin. We imagine and expect others to forgive and accept things we, in the same place never would.

      October 5, 2011 at 12:13 am | Report abuse |
    • Don

      Here ya go.

      October 10, 2011 at 12:02 pm | Report abuse |