More US Soldiers Killed on Bikes than in Afghanistan

The Pakistan Tribune reports on US casualties in Afghanistan:

More United States troops have died in off-duty motorcycle accidents since the terrorist attacks of 11 September, 2001, than have been killed in combat in Afghanistan over the same period.

Military commanders in North Carolina say the deaths are largely the result of boredom, bonus pay and adrenalin to burn off after troops return from combat in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Almost 350 troops have died on bikes since the 2001 terrorist attacks, compared with 259 killed serving in Afghanistan.

A further 1,000 troops have been injured on motorbikes.

In 2004, when data was last released, Russia suffered more military deaths at home (1,100) than the US did in Iraq (848).


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