Iraq War Deaths for July through December, 2008

Here are the updated graphs covering the last six months. US military deaths in Iraq have continued to be fairly low. The highest number of US troop deaths during this interval was in September, with 25 deaths; the lowest number was in July, with 13 deaths.

As always, I’m comparing the US military casualties in Iraq to those from the Vietnam war at a similar point in each war’s political lifetime. The data come from the advanced search tool at the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund site, and from Lunaville’s page on Iraq coalition casualties. The figures are for the number of US dead per month, without regard to whether the deaths were combat-related.

The first graph shows the comparison for the extent of the Iraq war to-date. (Click on any image for a larger version.)

Next, the chart that gives the US death toll for the entire Vietnam war:

As ever, you are free to draw your own conclusions. And for that matter, you’re free to draw your own graphs, if you have a way of presenting the information that you believe would be better. In that case, feel free to post a comment with a URL to your own version. Thanks.

2 Responses to “Iraq War Deaths for July through December, 2008”

  1. knarlyknight Says:

    Wow, from this alone I’d have to agree that the Iraq occupation is going quite well!

  2. joedude Says:

    Thank you for these chart comparisons. I know other have previous expressed interest in comparisons of the casualties (kill and wounded) between the wars. I found this today:

    31,557 wounded so far on top of 4,363 killed.

Leave a Reply

You must be logged in to post a comment.