Graph of the Day for July 24, 2010

"In the 18 months since the surge began, the situation in Afghanistan has deteriorated. June was our highest casualty month of the war...  George Bush and John McCain don't have a strategy for success in Iraq - they have a strategy for staying in Iraq... Senator McCain said - just months ago - that ‘Afghanistan is not in trouble because of our diversion to Iraq.' I could not disagree more... I will make the fight against al Qaeda and the Taliban the top priority that it should be. This is a war that we have to win.Barack Obama, July 2008.

US Troops in Iraq and Afghanistan

 Sources:  Iraq withdrawal plan via CBO.  Actual troop levels from Brookings' Iraq and Afghanistan Indexes.

Hoven's Index for July 24, 2010

US military fatalities in Iraq:

2008:  314

2009:  149

2010 so far:  39

US military fatalities in Afghanistan:

2008:  155

2009:  312

2010 so far:  238

Sources:  Brookings' Iraq and Afghanistan Indexes.

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