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06 Dec 2010

21% of Fallen Soldiers Die ‘Non-Hostile’ Deaths

More than 20 percent of the U.S. soldiers who have died in Iraq and Afghanistan were killed not by enemy combatants but in “non-hostile” circumstances, including friendly fire, suicide, illness and accidents. That’s a higher proportion that in Korea or Vietnam. As one expert says, “It’s simply dangerous being there, even if nobody’s shooting at you.”