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Interactive Map: American Casualties in Iraq by State

Posted on Oct 23, 2011
The Guardian's Data Blog

Editors at The Guardian’s Data Blog have assembled an interactive report that maps the number of U.S. military members killed and wounded in Iraq during Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation New Dawn.

Texas and California lead the country in lives lost with between 300 and 400 military personnel killed, while Florida and states in the Northeast and Midwest have suffered between 100 and 200 such deaths. The number of wounded is spread a bit more evenly throughout the contiguous U.S.

American deaths were at their highest at points between April 2004 and mid-2007, after which they declined sharply. Data is also available on American deaths in Afghanistan. —Alexander Reed Kelly

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By norwester, November 1, 2011 at 3:12 am Link to this comment
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diamond: Actually it wasn’t 1.3 million Iraqis killed, it was 1.3 million excess deaths. There were 100,000+ who were killed. The rest died because of lack of care, etc. People who would have been alive if the invasion had not happened. The same methodology that was used to determine the number who died in the Holocaust.

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By John Emerson, October 31, 2011 at 7:57 pm Link to this comment
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Like the guy said, no denominator. Big states = more
deaths, small states = fewer deaths. Off the top of my
head, Virginia seems high and IA, SC and MS seem low,
but maybe a closer look at the numbers would change
that opinion.

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By norwester, October 25, 2011 at 7:19 pm Link to this comment
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Qanni: Here is the equivalent map of Iraqi deaths. It’s grim.

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By DigThis, October 25, 2011 at 8:39 am Link to this comment

@Philip Rhodes:

I made the same comment yesterday pointing out that the distribution of casualties is rather flat across states.  Of course, people on this site don’t actually read each others posts; they simply conduct unipolar views like diodes conduct current.

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By Philip Rhodes, October 25, 2011 at 5:56 am Link to this comment
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This data is meaningless unless a denominator is present.  For instance, deaths per 1 million population.  This would be interesting (although, still very, very sad).  Other factors are also relevant such as per cent of the population in the affected age range, poverty levels, education levels, etc.

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By Qanni Katifa, October 24, 2011 at 9:17 pm Link to this comment
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Where is the map that shows the same for Iraq and Afghanistan? I heard there were 5 million dead Afghans and 1 million Iraqis. We need to know the truth of how many we have mass murdered for the Neo-cons.

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By James M. Martin, October 24, 2011 at 3:59 pm Link to this comment

You gotta admit, Perry certainly brought new jobs to Texas.  Most have come home in body bags.  Perry is a war monger and believer in the narrow-minded, dangerously telos-bent sect, the dominionists.  If you thought Dubya was a village idiot on the loose, wait till you get a load of the other cheerleader.

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By DigThis, October 24, 2011 at 12:42 pm Link to this comment


When you normalize the data on a population basis, the losses are pretty much uniform across the country.

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By Bird48, October 24, 2011 at 12:30 pm Link to this comment

And for what did they die?

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By Fearless, October 23, 2011 at 10:07 pm Link to this comment
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Tragic for America; the family down the street; our high school classmates; friends; family. But as diamond points to the obvious, utterly genocidal for Iraq and Afghanistan. Toss in Truthdig and the fake left’s precious Libyan blitzkrieg and you have America/NATO vs Libyan innocents kill ration of 0:1,000+. The world-wide drone strikes, on the other hand, have been killing both foreign innocents AND Americans at a pretty high rate.

The top 1% of the 1% are doing an utterly pathetic job of running the world. Which is expected as they are utterly pathetic creatures. Most are male. And I can’t see how their wives can lay down with them at night; these are not men, they are scared pathetic fat disgusting feces-covered slabs of rotting masturbatory lard that have never stood for anything in their entire life. That’s what you trophy whores have to have sex with. And it’s gross. [Enter faux liberal PC police. Face it, that’s what you fake “lefties” like: trivial issues of political correctness as facades for your lack of any significant moral substance].

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By diamond, October 23, 2011 at 1:55 pm Link to this comment

To put this in perspective: both the ‘Lancet’ and Johns Hopkins University have compiled data that gives an estimate of 1.3 million Iraqis killed. In Afghanistan it’s reported that between 1 million and 2 million Afghan citizens, most of them civilians, died in the proxy war the Mujaheddin fought for America against the Soviet Union. There don’t appear to be any updated figures on Afghan deaths in Afghanistan since the US invasion of that country but they would be more than alarming if they were available. Canadian medics interviewed on a radio program I heard reported Afghan children regularly being brought in with their brains leaking out of their heads and limbs missing. The disparity in the figures on American deaths and the others speak for themselves. Shooting fish in a barrel comes to mind.

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