Pentagon: No US Military Casualties in Afghanistan in March

Tuesday, 01 Apr 2014 09:27 PM

By Cathy Burke

  Comment  |
   Contact  |
  Print   |
    A   A  
  Copy Shortlink
There were no U.S. military fatalities reported in Afghanistan for all of March — the first month since January 2007 without a single soldier dying from injuries in or out of combat, Stars and Stripes reports.

Before 2007, the only month free of U.S. fatalities since military operations began in Afghanistan in October 2001 was July 2002, according to the Department of Defense's online database.

Twelve service members were injured last month, the database showed; two non-U.S. coalition soldiers died in March, according to iCasualties, an independent website tracking coalition fatalities.

August 2011 was the deadliest month of the war for the U.S. so far, when 71 soldiers were killed or died from non-combat-related injuries, according to the Pentagon.

As of Monday, 2,309 U.S. service members have died in Afghanistan, and nearly 20,000 have been wounded.

The U.S. has been handing over combat responsibilities to the Afghan National Security Forces; all American troops will be withdrawn by the end of the year — but only if the Afghan government doesn't sign a pact allowing a continuing U.S. force to go beyond 2014, Stars and Stripes reported.

The U.S. has a total of about 33,000 troops currently in Afghanistan, down from a 2011 peak of about 100,000, the Pentagon says.

A total of 132 U.S. soldiers died there last year, compared with 313 in 2012 and 415 in 2011.

The Associated Press contributed to this story.

Related Stories:


© 2014 Newsmax. All rights reserved.

  Comment  |
   Contact  |
  Print   |
  Copy Shortlink
Around the Web
Join the Newsmax Community
Please review Community Guidelines before posting a comment.
>> Register to share your comments with the community.
>> Login if you are already a member.
blog comments powered by Disqus
 
Email:
Country
Zip Code:
Privacy: We never share your email.
 
Follow Newsmax
Like us
on Facebook
Follow us
on Twitter
Add us
on Google Plus
Around the Web
Top Stories
You May Also Like

Astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson Christmas Tweets Anger Christians

Friday, 26 Dec 2014 15:57 PM

Renowned astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson angered Christians on Christmas Day with a series of tweets poking fun of Ch . . .

AP-Times Square Poll: Americans Feeling Optimistic for 2015

Friday, 26 Dec 2014 16:46 PM

Americans are closing out 2014 on an optimistic note, according to a new Associated Press-Times Square Alliance poll. Ne . . .

Program to Attract Noncitizens to the Military to Resume

Friday, 26 Dec 2014 16:22 PM

A program designed to attract highly skilled noncitizens to the U.S. military - halted last fall after it was opened up  . . .

Most Commented

Newsmax, Moneynews, Newsmax Health, and Independent. American. are registered trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc. Newsmax TV, and Newsmax World are trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc.

 
NEWSMAX.COM
America's News Page
©  Newsmax Media, Inc.
All Rights Reserved