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Comparative fatality rates

By Prospect   January 2010

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On 8th December, news of the year’s 100th British military fatality in Afghanistan cemented 2009’s unwelcome status as Britain’s bloodiest year of conflict since the Falklands war. Yet the fighting has been still more punishing than this suggests. At the time of writing, a total of 237 British servicemen had died since 2003 in Afghanistan, compared to 179 in Iraq and 255 in the Falklands. When fatalities are adjusted for numbers of troops, however, 2009 in Afghanistan emerges as the most deadly year for Britain since 1945, with approximately 11.1…

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