American Casualties And Losses Inside Afghanistan From The American Perspective
14 March 2015
By Al-Ikhwah Al-Mujahidun
In 18th century, Thomas Cane an eminent English writer, who was famous for
his sound predictions in the west, had said once about America, 'The mighty
will endure until it has not committed the mistake to suck the blood of a
If we peer into the history, one can say that the decline of non-Muslim super
powers began when they girded up their loin for cruelty and tyranny. An
interestingly common phenomenon is that most of these tyrant powers were
defeated by the weakest nations of the history. The examples are in abundance
in the earlier and Middle Ages of Islamic history in which numerous big
powers of the world were defeated.
It seems that the invasion of Afghanistan and Iraq and successive attacks on
weak Muslim masses far and wide is drawing America and her western allies
towards their natural decline as every tide hath a fall. Americans are proud
of their military force and abundance of resources which make them the sole
super power of the world. The inference is that if these two assets are
damaged or demolished, naturally she (America) can be and will be defeated.
In the following lines those casualties and losses are estimated and
evaluated which are suffered by the American invaders both in Afghanistan and
Iraq and which are confirmed by the American independent sources as well.
In October 2001, America launched her invasion of Afghanistan while enjoying
the support of several other powerful countries. They were well-equipped with
modern weaponry. They were financially well-off and their military forces
were fully trained. On the basis of these factors, in the beginning, they had
made up their mind that this war will end in a shortest possible time and
their losses will be limited. At that time, even the western analysts had the
opinion that if the war is prolonged, it will inevitably result in an
embarrassing defeat for America as their casualties and financial losses will
escalate to a back-breaking level. The present scenario shows that their
previous estimations were totally wrong as the war has been prolonged
contrary to their anticipations which resulted in innumerable casualties and
immeasurable financial losses for them.
There are two different types of statistics available regarding the corporeal
and financial losses of America; the one which is officially released by the
American military and other state organs and the other is published by those
American civic societies which were against these wars for various sound
reasons. Their statistics and calculations are totally different than those
released by the army or state officials.
For example, the total number of American soldiers who were killed inside
Afghanistan and Iraq is 7698 persons according to the Pentagon but a private
organ comprising of retired military personnel say that the total number of
their soldiers killed is 72600. Similarly, according to Pentagon the number
of wounded soldiers is 41030 but a private organ called 'Anti-War' (having a
website with this title) counts the number of wounded soldiers as 100,000.
According to the above mentioned organ of retired army personnel, the number
of wounded soldiers is much higher than this and reaches to around 600,000.
Their argument is that according to the American military law, the
expenditures on wounded soldiers who are brought back to America for
treatment is separated from the budget allocated for the retired soldiers. On
this basis, they say that 600,000 soldiers have received medical treatment
inside America only, not counting soldiers who were treated inside the battle
field or shifted to the hospitals build for this purpose inside Afghanistan.
The American Congress has assigned an organ for the co-ordination of
financial costs to examine the military and civilian expenditures. It is said
that this organ is very precise and careful in its assigned duty to the
extent that it records and compares the revenue and expenditures of the
American government and the whole nation on the hourly basis. For example
this organ says that from 2001 onward the American government has been
spending $10.54 million per hour in which 80% is spent on wars. This entire
amount is balanced from the taxes and custom duties which are paid by the
American nation to the government. It means that for the last fourteen years
the American government has been spending $10.54 million per hour from those
taxes and custom duties paid by their people. If this amount is added and
multiplied, it might be one of the highest and back breaking costs of war in
the human history.
The financial research institute of congress says that from 11th September
2001 till 2010, $ 3.291 trillion are allocated to the wars in Afghanistan and
Iraq. This amount was confirmed by a French newspaper 'Le Figaro' too. On
10th April 2008, this newspaper published the summery of a book under the
title of 'The true losses of war' in which all the above mentioned digits and
sources are considered authentic.
Abdul Munim, the head of research section of the 'Al-Arab News' writes that
on the basis of those statistics and sources which are received from various
American organizations, 600,000 items of military hardware is completely
destroyed till now inside Afghanistan and Iraq and more than one million of
their soldiers are either killed, wounded, crippled or suffering from
The weekly 'Al-Kifah' published a detailed report quoting 'James Mick Gifforn'
that America has lost $246 million on the daily basis in the war in
Afghanistan and Iraq. This report added that the death toll of American
soldiers, diplomats, their civilian contractors and workers etc. has reached
more than 10,000 persons. This report was published in 2007. It means that in
the following years, the amount of losses and casualties can be estimated to
According to the Central American bank, the amount of loan demanded by the
American government from the total amount of national budget was $16 billion
before the wars which has now increased to $ 1700 billion. In this way it has
caused a deficit of $ 2.65 billion to the national budget. From 2008 onward,
the salaries of seven million retired officials have either been blocked or
not paid. It is said that America is printing currency notes worth of $85
billion on the monthly basis which can inevitably undermine their economy. In
the near future, America has to pay the following amounts of debts:
Japan = $ 586 billion
China = $ 400 billion
Britain = $ 244 billion
Saudi Arabia and other oil producing countries = $ 124 billion
A survey conducted by twenty top level American analysts says that on one
hand the exact number of American soldiers and civilians killed in these
futile wars is still ambiguous as they do not trust the numbers provided by
Pentagon while on the other hand, America has lost trillions of dollars. A
member of this group, senator Bob Corker, a republican congressman, says that
nineteen 'Al-Qaida' members carried out the 9/11 attacks by spending nearly
400 or 500 thousand dollars and killed 3000 plus people. They might have
caused a financial loss of 700 to 1000 billion dollars. But after that, when
the war was waged against Al-Qaida inside Afghanistan and Iraq, we have
suffered financial losses and casualties four times than we had on 9/11.
Another American institute describes the statistics of the American financial
losses in the shape of the following tables which depict the huge amount of
money of the American ordinary tax payers and then spent by the government in
these futile wars.
To summarize in the wake of this illegal and immoral invasion, in addition to
3000 dead and over $10,000 billion of financial losses, America has achieved
1.One million soldiers dead, wounded,
crippled or suffering from various psychological disorders.
2.More than six hundred thousand crucial military items destroyed.
3.The expenditures of war exceeded $ 3.291 trillion.
4.The amount of loan soared from 16 billion dollars to 1700 billion dollars.
5.The wages of seven million retired military and civilian officials have
been pending since 2008.
6.The illegal invasion and futile war is incessant without any predictable
7.Both casualties and financial losses of the foreign American and her allied
invaders are escalating on a daily basis which will eventually result in a
shocking and humiliating defeat for all of them.