Graph of the Day for February 24, 2010

"We've got to get the job done there and that requires us to have enough troops so that we're not just air-raiding villages and killing civilians, which is causing enormous pressure over there."  Barack Obama, August 2007.

"U.S. Special Operations Forces ordered an airstrike that killed at least 27 civilians...  Afghanistan's Cabinet called the latest airstrike ‘unjustifiable'... Coalition commanders say they worry the civilian deaths will undermine the operation's ultimate goal..."  The Wall Street Journal, February 23, 2010.

US Troops in Afghanistan

 Afghan Civilian Fatalities
 Source:  Brookings Afghanistan Index.

Hoven's Index for February 24, 2010

US troop fatalities in Afghanistan in 2008:  155

In 2009:  312

Number of Improvised Explosive Devices planted by insurgents in Afghanistan in 2008:  689

In 2009:  1,245

Number of munitions dropped by US forces in Afghanistan in June 2009:  437

In October 2009:  660    

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