Which countries lost most soldiers in Afghanistan?
30 December 2016

NEW DELHI (DataLEADS/ ANN) - The NATO coalition troops have lost 3,528 soldiers in Afghanistan in the last 15 years of fighting against the Taliban. Over 33,000 foreign troops have also been injured in the war.

Among the NATO countries, the United States lost highest number of soldiers in Afghanistan war from 2001 to 2016, according to icasualties.org, a website that tracks the deaths in Afghanistan based on public records. It has suffered 2,392 causalities since the war started 15 years ago.  

Foreign troops were deployed in Afghanistan by the Western military alliance Nato after the Taliban were ousted in 2001 following the 9/11 attacks in the United States. At one time some 140,000 foreign troops were in Afghanistan fighting Taliban. 

Nato ended its combat mission in Afghanistan in December 2014. But around 10,000 U.S. troops still remain in Afghanistan.

In the year 2016, 14 U.S. troops were killed in the combat, which is the lowest since 2002, according to iCasualties.org. With 499 casualties, 2010 was the deadliest year for U.S. troops in Afghanistan.

The UK comes at the second number with 455 killings of its troops including of the Army, RAF, Royal Marines and Special Forces in Afghanistan. The British military suffered its heaviest losses in 2009 as it lost 317 soldiers in that year.

From 2001 to 2011, when the combat mission ended in Afghanistan, 158 members of the Canadian forces were killed in Afghanistan putting the country at third number in terms of troop causalities.

France, Germany and Italy, Denmark, Australia and Poland have also suffered major causalities. Albania, Belgium, Lithuania and South Korea have lost one solider each in the Afghan war.

The war since 2001 has killed tens of thousands of people, majority of them civilians. 


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