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Afghanistan: Military Casualties

Volume 692: debated on Wednesday 13 June 2007

asked Her Majesty's Government:

When they expect to complete the collation and reconciliation of historic data on casualties which occurred in Afghanistan before 1 January 2006.[HL3949]

Data on UK Armed Forces casualties in Afghanistan can be found on the Ministry of Defence’s website

There are four sets of data for the current deployment in Afghanistan respectively: fatalities (deaths); service personnel recorded as very seriously injured or seriously injured by the NOTICAS signal system from theatre to the joint casualty and compassionate centre; admissions to UK or coalition forces’ in-theatre “role 2 enhanced” or “role 3” medical facilities; and aero-medical casualty evacuations.

The historical casualty data covering UK service personnel who were very seriously injured or seriously injured in Iraq and Afghanistan before 2006 were published on 27 March 2007.

The data on aero-medical casualty evacuations from Afghanistan prior to January 2006 are being verified and validated. Once the information has been checked and confirmed, these data are expected to be added to the website later this year.

In-theatre hospital admission records prior to March 2006 have not been collated centrally in a format that would reliably identify personnel wounded in action and those with disease or a non-battle injury.