Graph of the Day for May 3, 2010

"ISAF, in partnership with the Afghan Government, conducts population-centric COIN operations, enables an expanded and effective ANSF, and supports improved governance and development in order to protect the Afghan people and provide a secure environment for sustainable stability."  Role and mission of the International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) in Afghanistan, per the Pentagon, April 2010.

"Defeat the Taliban. Secure the Population."  The previous mission statement, as reported by The Washington Post.

The Pentagon's Assessment of Who Afghanistan's Population Supports

Source:  Pentagon, via the New York Times.  ("Gov't" means the Afghan government.  "INS" means the insurgents.)

Hoven's Index for May 3, 2010

Number of US forces in Afghanistan as of March 31, 2010:  87,500

Planned by mid-2010:  98,000

"Kinetic events" (e.g., explosions) per week (12-month trend) in Afghanistan in mid-2008:  200

By March 2010:  450

Afghan public whose opinion of ISAF is "very good" in Sept. 2008:  12.2%

In March 2010:  6.7%

Source:  Pentagon.

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