Military Deaths in Afghanistan under Obama Top Those under Bush

Wednesday, August 18, 2010
Marine Staff Sgt. Michael Bock, 26, his wife Tiffany, and their son Zander. Bock was shot to death while on foot patrol in Helmand province August 13, 2010.

In less than two years, the United States has suffered more combat deaths in Afghanistan under President Barack Obama than it did during the two-term presidency of George W. Bush. The latest casualty figures show 577 American soldiers have died in the war from January 20, 2009, the date of Obama’s inauguration, until now. The U.S. suffered 575 deaths from October 2001 to January 19, 2009, according to figures computed by Robert Naiman, of Just Foreign Policy from figures provided by icasualties.org. Three U.S. deaths on August 17 put the Obama total ahead of the Bush total. The names of the three have not yet been released, pending notification of next of kin.

-Noel Brinkerhoff, David Wallechinsky
 
Fatalities by Year and Month (icasualties.org) (click on Nationality-US; Theater-Afghanistan Only)

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