UK fatalities in Afghanistan and Iraq

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About these figures

Theses figures may change as more information on individual cases comes to light, for example following inquests or other investigations.

Why do some of the numbers in the figures page appear different from MOD figures?

The MoD classification of "killed in action" can cover a number of different types of incident including friendly fire and some accidental deaths.

In order to show a greater level of detail, we have split the data a different way and separated out deaths caused by hostile action, friendly fire and accidents, whether or not these happened "in action".

Therefore the number of fatalities caused by hostile action on our table will be smaller than the MoD's "killed in action" category, shown at the top of this page.

What information is classified as 'other' in the 'cause of death' table?

Incidents are included in this category for a variety of reasons. Immediately after a casualty has occurred it may be impossible to say exactly what caused the death, so it may be classified as 'other' until more details become available.

Further examples include incidents where it is not clear if the fatality was due to a landmine planted by the Taleban - which would be classified as 'hostile' - or if the mine had been left over from the Soviet era, which would be classified in a different way.

Birthplace of those killed

When no information is available on an individual's birthplace the location of their base has been used instead.


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