By Mark Thompson
April 1, 2014

For the first month since February, 2003, no U.S. troops died in Afghanistan or Iraq last month. That’s 133 months, more than a decade.

U.S. deaths, by month, in Afghanistan.

According to these charts from, the best and speediest accounting of U.S. war dead, U.S. deaths in the Iraq war peaked in Nov. 2004, when 137 troops were killed. The peak in Afghanistan was Aug. 2011, when 65 died.

U.S. deaths, by month, in Iraq.

The deadliest year in Iraq for U.S. troops was 2007, when 904 perished. In Afghanistan, 2010 was the grimmest, with 496 dead. A total of 4,486 U.S. troops were killed in Iraq, including in accidents and other non-hostile events. The toll in Afghanistan stands at 2,315.

The charts below also make clear that U.S. allies accounted for a far greater share of the allied war dead in Afghanistan than in Iraq.

Allied deaths in Afghanistan, by nation.
Allied deaths in Iraq, by nation .

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