Number of wounded soldiers in Afghanistan on the rise.

#1
Regional / Ontario
Sunday, December 28, 2008

Number of wounded soldiers in Afghanistan on the rise.

Murray Brewster, THE CANADIAN PRESS

OTTAWA - As Canada enters its fourth full year of fighting in southern Afghanistan, new figures prepared for the Defence Department show the number of wounded soldiers has climbed to over 360.

The estimate is contained in an annual statistical review compiled for the army and obtained by The Canadian Press.

It represents the total number of troops wounded since the latest Canadian mission began in the winter of 2006 and does not include those hurt battling the Taliban in Kandahar and Kabul between 2002 and 2005.

Those who've lost limbs or suffered horrible shrapnel wounds outnumber soldiers killed in action by a margin of three-to-one. As of Sunday, 106 Canadian soliders have died in the conflict.

The statistical breakdown shows 2006 was - by far - the worst year for casualties with 180 wounded in various engagements including Operation Medusa, the largest battle involving Canadian units since the Korean War over half a century prior.

In 2007, the wounded figure dropped to 84 as Canadian soldiers and commanders became accustomed to the unpredictable style of a vicious guerilla war.

The 2008 number was estimated to total around 95 by the time the year ends.

The three-year overview does not include a breakdown of how many soldiers have been returned home on compassionate grounds, including those suffering from post traumatic stress disorder. However, a senate committee report released last summer estimated that figure to be 395.

In late November, the country surpassed the psychological milestone of 100 deaths and just prior to Christmas three additional soldiers lost their lives in a roadside bomb attack.

It is the combat deaths and somber repatriations that glean the most public attention, while those who survive with bodies that have been punctured, deformed and burned receive little mention outside of the military.
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http://www.mytelus.com/ncp_news/article.en.do?pn=regional/ontario&articleID=3055104
 
#2
A fairly bone story - as time goes on in a conflict casualties (of all types) will rise.

The really depressing comment is the last sentence.

It is the combat deaths and sombre repatriations that glean the most public attention, while those who survive with bodies that have been punctured, deformed and burned receive little mention outside of the military
Sadly, so true
 

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