Americans left Iraq. Afghanistan is winding down

By Cristina Lindblad and Brian Reardon

PHOTOGRAPH Tony Karumba/AFP/Getty Images

TOTAL COST OF THE WARS 2001-12

Iraq $805.5b

Afghanistan $443.5b

SIZE OF MILITARY

The number of active duty personnel as of March 2012 was 1,452,939, up 3.6 percent from 1,402,227 in 2008

U.S. FATALITIES

Iraq | Afghanistan

2008 314 | 293

2009 149 | 510

2010 60 | 708

2011 54 | 560

2012 1 | 328

CAUSE OF FATALITIES

Percentage for all theaters

Combat

’09 22.7%

’10 30.6%

’11 26.4%

Transportation

’09 20.4%

’10 19.4%

’11 17.3%

Suicide

’09 20.1%

’10 19.8%

’11 19.5%

SUICIDES AMONG ACTIVE DUTY PERSONNEL

’09 160

’10 156

’11 165

’12 116

SOURCES U.S. Department of Defense, iCasualties.org, Center for Strategic and Budgetary Assessments, U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, Bureau of Labor Statistics, American Legion

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