Graph of the Day for June 18, 2010

"And as Commander-in-Chief, I have determined that it is in our vital national interest to send an additional 30,000 U.S. troops to Afghanistan.  After 18 months, our troops will begin to come home."  President Obama, Dec. 1, 2009.

"The president [Karzai] has lost his confidence in the capability of either the coalition or his own government to protect this country.  President Karzai has never announced that NATO will lose, but the way that he does not proudly own the campaign shows that he doesn't trust it is working."  Amrullah Saleh, former director of the Afghan intelligence service, as reported by The New York Times June 11, 2010.

Source:  GAO.

Hoven's Index for June 18, 2011

US troops deployed to Afghanistan as of May 2008:  31,300

As of May 2010:  94,000

US troops killed in Afghanistan in 2007-08:  272

In 2009 and 2010 through June 5:  473

Total US troop fatalities in Afghanistan as of June 5, 2010:  1,079

Source:  Brookings Institute's Afghanistan Index.

Graph of the Day Archive.