At dawn on December 18, 2011, the last American soldiers pulled out of Iraq. That’s just 13 days short of the deadline officially set by the U.S. and Iraq government in an accord signed in 2008. The troops exited Iraq across the Kuwait border, shutting the border gates behind them. The final withdrawal follows a ceremony marking the official end to the war held in Baghdad on Thursday, December 15.
It’s impossible for simple statistics to show the true cost of the Iraq War. However, casualty data released by the U.S. Department of Defense begins to give us some picture, at least in terms of military fatalities. Below are tables showing casualty statistics by year and month, as well as a limited timeline of select events relevant to the war. The numbers include casualties from both Operation Iraqi Freedom (OIF) and Operation New Dawn (OND).
*Statistics obtained from the Statistical Information Analysis Division (SIAD) of the U.S. Department of Defense.