Iraq War: Casualties of U.S. Soldiers, by year
YearNumber of fatalities
202011
201912
201817
201722
201620
20158
20144
20122
201158
201062
2009148
2008314
2007904
2006823
2005846
2004849
2003486
  • Region: Iraq
  • Time period: 2003 to 2020
  • Published: Mar 2021

Data Analysis and Insights

Updated: Mar 27, 2024 | Published by: Statistico

Peak Year of Fatalities

The year 2007 witnessed the highest number of fatalities with 904 American soldiers falling in Iraq, indicating the most intense period of conflict.

Decline in Fatalities Over Time

Fatalities showed a significant decline from 904 in 2007 to 11 in 2020, illustrating a substantial decrease in combat-related deaths over the years.

Total Fatalities Recorded

The data reveals a total of 4,431 American soldier fatalities in Iraq from 2003 to 2020, highlighting the extensive human cost of the conflict.

Years With Lowest Recorded Fatalities

Years 2012 and 2014 reported the lowest number of fatalities with 2 and 4 deaths respectively, showing moments of relative calm.

Comparison of Early Years to Recent Years

Comparing the initial years of the conflict (2003-2007) with the most recent years (2016-2020), fatalities have dramatically decreased from numbers in the high hundreds to low double digits, indicating a shift in the operational environment.

Frequently Asked Questions

When was the peak year of fatalities in the Iraq conflict?

The peak year was 2007 with 904 American soldier fatalities.

How has the number of fatalities changed over time?

Fatalities significantly declined from 904 in 2007 to 11 in 2020.

What is the total number of recorded American soldier fatalities in Iraq from 2003 to 2020?

The total number of recorded fatalities is 4,431.

Which years recorded the lowest number of fatalities?

The lowest number of fatalities were recorded in 2012 and 2014, with 2 and 4 deaths respectively.

Terms and Definitions

Referring to the servicemen and servicewomen in the United States Army, a branch of the country's armed forces. This term may include personnel from various units and job roles, such as infantrymen, artillerymen, engineers, and more.

In a military context, 'fallen' is a term used to describe those soldiers who have died while serving in the military, specifically during a war or a conflict.

A state of armed conflict between different nations or states or different groups within a nation or state. It generally involves extreme violence, aggression, and disruption to civil life.

In this context, it refers to the conflict instigated by the United States invasion of Iraq in the early 21st century. The invasion led to an extended period of widespread insurgency, civil conflict, and occupancy of Iraq by U.S. forces.

Deployment in military terms refers to the movement of armed forces and their logistical support infrastructure around the world. In this context, it refers to the placement of American soldiers in Iraq.

In a military context, a casualty refers to any person who is lost to the organization through death, disability, or capture, whether a soldier or a civilian. It often implies a loss due to conflict but can also refer to non-combat situations.

A veteran is a person who has had long service or experience in a particular occupation or field, commonly used to reference a person who has served in the military. In this context, it refers to those who served in the Iraq War.
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