Casualties in Iraq

The Human Cost of Occupation
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American Military Casualties in Iraq
In Combat
Page last updated 12/15/23 7:44 pm EDT
U.S. Wounded
Other Coalition Troops - Iraq
US Military Deaths - Afghanistan
Other Military Deaths - Afghanistan
Contractor Employee Deaths - Iraq
Journalists - Iraq
Academics Killed - Iraq
Sources: DoD, MNF, and

U.S. lacks mechanism to accurately track troops wounded in Iraq

Also see The Missing Wounded.

American Count

Dates and sources of Americans killed in Iraq since 5/1/03 are documented in this file. Admittedly the file is incomplete, for the Department of Defense does not maintain old records. All data was compiled from If something is amiss in the data collection, please contact Margaret Griffis.

Iraqi Civilian Count

We maintain a daily count based on news reports. It is not intended to be complete. There is no agency that keeps track of accurate numbers of Iraqis killed. JustForeignPolicy maintained a running estimate based on the Lancet study with the rate of increase derived from the Iraq Body Count. When that project was ended in 2011, the count was 1.45 million Iraqi deaths.

Comparing Civilian Casualty Studies

Robert Naiman of Just Foreign Policy explains the similarities between the Lancet and the the Orb estimates. Numbers from the Iraq Body Count site and the study published in the Lancet are compared at The BBC published an article, which includes a response from IBC, that criticizes the large Lancet figures. Middle East expert Juan Cole also gives his opinion on the Lancet study here.

Sources and Links
Faces of the Fallen Department of Defense Central Command
JustForeignPolicy Count BBC Figures
Juan Cole Journalist Deaths in Iraq Cost of War