3,613 coalition soldiers, including 2,465 Americans, have died in twenty years of conflict

The last American soldiers left Afghan soil on August 30, 2021, after a military presence of nearly twenty years in the country. This conflict, which began in October 2001, claimed the lives of 3,613 coalition soldiers, including 2,465 American soldiers, according to iCasualties.org, an independent American site which carries out a more exhaustive tally of victims than that of the Department of Defense of the United States. 2010 was the deadliest year, with nearly 500 soldiers killed.

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This toll remains, however, far removed from that of the conflict in Vietnam, which caused the death of 52,494 American soldiers between 1960 and 1975. It is also much less important than the toll of Afghan victims – civilians and soldiers -, which would represent at least 160,000 dead, according to estimates.

The other coalition countries (Australia, Japan, Canada, Germany, Spain, Georgia, Belgium, etc.) have also suffered military losses over the years.

To participate in the fighting against the Taliban and then in securing the country, France sent 50,000 soldiers (among whom 90 died, and 700 were wounded) before deciding to withdraw its troops in 2014. It is three times less than the United Kingdom, a traditional ally of the Americans, which 150,000 soldiers on site over the entire period (and 457 deaths). In total, the United States sent to Afghanistan more than 800,000 people in twenty years, and counted, at the peak of the operation, in 2011, more than 100,000 soldiers on the ground.

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