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Casualty Rates - CF Reponse

Casualty Rates - CF Reponse

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The Canadian Forces responds to questions on June 13, 2013 about casualty rates during the Afghanistan mission.
The Canadian Forces responds to questions on June 13, 2013 about casualty rates during the Afghanistan mission.

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Published by: Stewart Bell on Jun 17, 2013
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Casualty rates and available Canadian airlift assetsPlease see below the answers the Media Liaison Office was provided with in response toyour media query regarding casualty rates and available Canadian airlift assets.Thank you for your interest and have a wonderful day.Q1. Are the explanations for the casualty rates contained in the report still valid?A1. Yes.Q2. Do the Canadian Armed Forces still believe one cannot compare Canadiancasualty rate to those of our allies?A2. Yes.Q3. How did the casualty rates change with the arrival of Canadian aircraft in 2009?A3. The arrival of Canadian aircraft in Afghanistan had a significant operationalimpact on how the Canadian Armed Forces conducted operations. However, casualtyrates were driven by the intensity of the insurgency, and not solely by the modes of transportation. Furthermore, casualty rates varied depending on the season and on whattype of operations the Canadian Armed Forces were conducting at the time. The use of aircraft made for safer logistical and administrative movements; however, combatoperations were still being conducted on the ground.Data published by the Government of Canada show that 2009 was, casualty-wise,one of our toughest years. Coincidentally, 2009 was also the first year the air wing was infull operation. Nevertheless, it is highly likely that the use of aviation helped reduce thenumber of casualties.Canadian casualties between 2006 and 2010:* 2006: 32* 2007: 27* 2008: 27* 2009: 29* 2010: 14* 2011: 2Q4. What lessons did the Canadian Armed Forces learn about the relationshipbetween casualty rates and the availability of Canadian aircraft versus land transportand/or the use of allied aircraft?A4. While our casualty rates were influenced by the ebb and flow of the insurgency,they were also mitigated to some extent by the use of aircraft to transport our troopswithin Afghanistan. In Afghanistan, generally speaking, it was safer to fly than to move

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