Canadian Forces’ Casualty Statistics (Afghanistan)

Fact Sheet / February 19, 2014 / Project number: FS 12.002

The following table is a summary of the Canadian Armed Forces’ Non-Battle Injuries, Wounded in Action, Deaths and Killed in Action (KIA) statistics sustained in Afghanistan from the beginning of the mission in April 2002 to February 2014:

Year Non-Battle Injuries Wounded In Action Deaths
(those not KIA)
Killed In Action
2002 1 8 0 4
2003 0 3 0 2
2004 5 3 0 1
2005 7 2 1 0
2006 84 180 4 32

2007

299 85 3 27

2008

185 125 5 27

2009

330 124 3 29

2010

333 86 2 14
2011 216 21 2 2
2012 47 0 0 0
2013 35 0 0 0
2014 0 0 0 0
Total 1,542 637 20 138

Wounded in Action statistics include injuries of military personnel directly attributable to combat action that required medical/dental intervention. It includes:

  • injuries from IEDs, mines, rocket attacks, and direct combat with an enemy force or insurgent element;
  • personnel injured in friendly fire incidents related to combat action; and
  • acute psychological trauma directly attributable to combat action that required medical intervention.

It does not include traffic accidents, accidental discharges of a weapon, and other accidental injuries not related to combat action. 

Non-Battle Injuries statistics include those injured as a result of traffic accidents, the accidental discharge of a weapon, and any other accidental injuries not related to combat. It also includes those members reported ill, repatriated for compassionate or for medical reasons, or returned to duty after being assessed by a medical officer.

These statistics are produced on an annual basis to inform the public on casualties sustained by Canadian Forces personnel in Afghanistan. Due to operational security concerns, the statistics are updated on an annual basis according to calendar year.

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