Iraq: U.S. Casualties

Prepared for Members and Committees of Congress

he following casualty data was compiled by the Department of Defense (DOD), as tallied
from the agency’s press releases. Table 1 provides statistics on fatalities during Operation
Iraqi Freedom, which began on March 19, 2003, and is ongoing, as well as on the number T

of fatalities since May 1, 2003, plus statistics on those wounded, but not killed, since March 19,
2003. Statistics may be revised as circumstances are investigated and as all records are processed
through the U.S. military’s casualty system. More frequent updates are available at DOD’s
website at under “Casualty Update.”
A detailed casualty summary that includes data on deaths by cause, as well as statistics on
soldiers wounded in action, is available at DOD’s website at
personnel/CASUALT Y/castop.htm.
Table 1. Operation Iraqi Freedom, U.S. Fatalities and Wounded
as of January 12, 2009, 10 a.m. EST
Fatalities March 19, 2003, to the Present May 1, 2003, to the Present Wounded March 19, 2003, to the Present
Hostile 3,403 3,286 In actiona 30,934
Non-hostile 822 789 Not Returned 13,630
to Duty
Total 4,225 4,075
Source: DOD press releases.
Note: The President’s statement about combat operations in Iraq having ended can be found in the Weekly
Compilation of Presidential Documents, May 1, 2003, p. 516.
a. Includes the “Not Returned to Duty” figure.
Susan G. Chesser
Information Research Specialist, 7-9547