No Americans Died in Afghanistan or Iraq in March…First Month in 11 Years

Friday, April 04, 2014
Afghanistan war casualty Captain James E. Chaffin (photo: U.S. Army 82nd Airborne)


The United States’ streak of Americans dying in the wars-on-terror finally ended in March, after more than a decade of continuous fatalities (133 months to be exact).


March 2014 witnessed zero U.S. deaths in Afghanistan, which was the first time the American military went an entire month without losing someone in that conflict or the Iraq war since February 2003.


However, it took only one day into April for the U.S. to again record a fatality.


On April 1, Army Captain James E. Chaffin died in Kandahar, Afghanistan.


The Department of Defense announced the 27-year-old’s death was not combat related. The military is investigating to determine the cause.


Chaffin was part of the 82nd Airborne, and hailed from West Columbia, South Carolina.


The U.S. has lost 2,315 military personnel in Afghanistan.


Some other American fatality statistics:


Afghanistan’s worst month came in August 2011 (70) and its worst year was 2010 (496).


Iraq’s worst month was November 2004 (137) and its worst year was 2007 (904).


Total U.S. deaths in Iraq numbered 4,486.

-Noel Brinkerhoff


To Learn More:

Operation Enduring Freedom: Fatalities by Year and Month (

Iraq Coalition Casualties: Fatalities by Year and Month (

March Was First Month Without U.S. Fatalities in Iraq or Afghanistan In 11 Years (by Mark Thompson, TIME)

DoD Identifies Army Casualty (Department of Defense)

Obama Afghanistan Deaths Top Those of Bush (by Noel Brinkerhoff, AllGov)


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