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The Number of Americans Killed from Minnesota in Post 9/11 Wars

gettyimages 116282607The United States suffered through the worst terror attack in its history on Sept. 11, 2001. From the Pentagon and the World Trade Center to a field outside of Shanksville, Pennsylvania, the attacks left 3,400 people dead. The events of that day also spawned a new era in U.S. foreign policy – one that would lead to thousands more American deaths in the coming decades.

Less than one month after the 9/11 attacks, the War on Terror began when the U.S. and NATO allies started military strikes in Afghanistan. Then, in 2003, the War on Terror escalated further, when the U.S. launched an invasion of Iraq.

Though the ongoing War on Terror achieved several goals, including the killing of al-Qaeda leader Osama Bin Laden and regime change in Iraq, the results came at a steep price. Since the first American was killed in Afghanistan in October 2001, nearly 6,900 Americans – serving in military, intelligence, and civilian capacities – from all 50 states have died in the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.

A reported 98 people from Minnesota died in the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan of the last two decades, accounting for 1.4% of all deaths among the 50 states. Of those deaths, 68 were connected to the war in Iraq and the remaining 30 to the war in Afghanistan. Not all those reported as killed in these wars died in combat situations. Some of the deaths listed were caused by accidents like aircraft crashes, as well as friendly fire incidents, illness, and suicide.

Minnesota is home to 49,217 veterans who served in the post 9/11 era, according to estimates from the U.S. Census Bureau’s 2021 American Community Survey.

All fatality data in this story was compiled by iCasualties, a website that tracks the death toll from the post 9/11 wars.

Rank State Total deaths in post 9/11 wars Total Iraq War deaths Total Afghanistan War deaths Civilian veterans who served post 9/11
1 California 755 486 269 332,531
2 Texas 617 426 191 460,466
3 Florida 356 203 153 302,120
4 New York 306 199 107 116,010
5 Pennsylvania 294 198 96 117,747
6 Ohio 279 188 91 123,040
7 Illinois 254 165 89 103,626
8 Michigan 231 163 68 86,440
9 Georgia 218 144 74 173,397
10 Virginia 215 138 77 231,047
11 North Carolina 196 112 84 166,398
12 Washington 153 95 58 136,014
13 Indiana 152 96 56 66,924
14 Arizona 151 99 52 112,422
15 Missouri 146 91 55 73,573
16 Tennessee 144 98 46 98,295
17 Oklahoma 133 79 54 64,807
18 Massachusetts 132 80 52 39,791
19 New Jersey 131 82 49 53,196
20 Maryland 128 81 47 102,951
21 Louisiana 127 90 37 52,677
22 Wisconsin 124 89 35 59,409
23 Kentucky 115 71 44 51,780
24 Oregon 108 74 34 52,011
25 Colorado 107 69 38 106,903
26 Alabama 106 73 33 81,863
27 South Carolina 101 60 41 89,618
28 Minnesota 98 68 30 49,217
29 Arkansas 92 63 29 43,684
30 Kansas 78 50 28 39,730
31 Mississippi 77 54 23 39,492
32 Iowa 73 49 24 33,022
33 Nebraska 62 46 16 27,279
34 New Mexico 58 42 16 27,402
35 Nevada 55 36 19 50,602
37 Utah 52 25 27 35,323
36 Connecticut 52 32 20 28,064
38 Idaho 50 33 17 33,479
39 Maine 47 24 23 20,012
40 Hawaii 43 29 14 29,199
41 West Virginia 41 26 15 20,218
42 New Hampshire 40 23 17 17,199
43 Montana 38 29 9 21,251
44 South Dakota 26 20 6 12,591
46 Vermont 25 21 4 5,596
45 Alaska 25 17 8 21,759
47 Wyoming 22 15 7 9,601
49 North Dakota 20 14 6 11,728
48 Rhode Island 20 12 8 10,293
50 Delaware 17 14 3 13,130
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