At least 20,040 American soldiers had been wounded in the 13-year-old Afghanistan war theater as of November 10, according to a Pentagon tally.
As the U.S. military winds down its presence and combat role in Afghanistan, the number of American fatalities and injuries as a result of the war has decreased dramatically.
Although an Associated Press database of U.S. military casualties in the Afghanistan war shows that there were no troop fatalities in October, the Department of Defense (DoD) tally revealed that 31 service members were wounded that month. Only one soldier has reportedly been wounded so far in November. No fatalities have been reported this month.
Nearly 90 percent (17,339) of the wounded troops received their injuries after Obama was inaugurated for his first term on January 20, 2009.
The number of troops wounded in action has increased more than seven fold in the nearly six years that Obama has been president — from 2,701 when he took office in 2009 to 20,040 now.
DoD’s tally is not broken up by days, so Breitbart News began the count of injured soldiers under Obama’s watch from the beginning of February 2009, eleven days after he was inaugurated for his first term.
The Afghanistan war theater, officially known as Operation Enduring Freedom (OEF), covers military operations in Guantanamo Bay (Cuba), Djibouti, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Jordan, Kenya, Kyrgyzstan, Pakistan, the Philippines, Seychelles, Sudan, Tajikistan, Turkey, Uzbekistan, and Yemen.