Journal Express, Knoxville, IA

December 6, 2013

Nearly 52,000 wounded in Middle East wars

Steve Woodhouse

Knoxville — As of Friday morning, Dec. 6, at 9 a.m. Central, there have been 51,751 Americans wounded in action in ongoing American conflicts. 

The bulk of these wounded (31,942) have occurred in Operation Iraqi Freedom. All of those wounded in Iraq have been military personnel, according to the Department of Defense. 

There have been 19,514 soldiers wounded in Operation Enduring Freedom in Afghanistan. The 51,751 figure also includes 295 who were wounded in the Arabian Sea, Bahrain, Gulf of Aden, Gulf of Oman, Iraq, Kuwait, Oman, Persian Gulf, Qatar, Red Sea, Saudi Arabia, and United Arab Emirates during Operation New Dawn between Sept. 10, 2010 and Dec. 31, 2011. 

The death toll for Iraq stands at 4,423. Of those, 3,490 (including nine civilian personnel) were killed in action. There have been 13 civilian deaths in the war. 

In Operation Enduring Freedom, 2,288 Americans have given their lives in the war. There have been 2,153 American military deaths in Afghanistan and 132 in other locations. Another three civilian deaths have occurred. 

The number of Americans killed in action in Operation Enduring Freedom totaled 1,797. Non-hostile deaths total 491. 

The country will mark the 62nd anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbor on Dec. 7. On that date, approximately 2,400 Americans were killed. The breakdown of where those who were killed can be found at

In all, it is estimated that over 48 million people died during World War II. Of those, nearly 40 million were from the Allied Nations, including 400,000 Americans.