Over 20,000 U.S. Casualties in Iraq and Afghanistan

December 4, 2004

The November 24 edition of "Stars and Stripes" (the official daily newspaper of the U.S. Defense Department) reports that 20,802 troops have been treated for injuries from the U.S. wars in Afghanistan and Iraq.

The figures represent the total number of injured troops treated at Germany's Landstuhl Regional Medical Center, the U.S. military's primary medical base which serves as a midway point for wounded troops returning home for treatment. The figures are higher than statistics previously reported by the Pentagon.

According to Pentagon officials, the U.S. casualty trend since June has been "troubling." The month of November, for example, which included the U.S. military assault on the city of Fallujah, has been one of the deadliest for American troops in Iraq since the invasion. At least 135 U.S. troops were killed in Iraq in November, the highest of any month.

Secretary of State, Donald Rumsfeld, told a Pentagon news conference on November 24 "No doubt attacks [on U.S. troops] will continue in the weeks and months ahead, and perhaps intensify."