Graph for the Day for December 28, 2010

"And now, we must come together to end this war successfully... these additional American and international troops will allow us to accelerate handing over responsibility to Afghan forces, and allow us to begin the transfer of our forces out of Afghanistan in July of 2011."  President Obama, December 2009.

"And that's why, from the start, I've been very clear about our core goal.  It's not to defeat every last threat to the security of Afghanistan...  Rather, we are focused on disrupting, dismantling and defeating al Qaeda in Afghanistan and Pakistan, and preventing its capacity to threaten America and our allies in the future.  In pursuit of our core goal we are seeing significant progress."  President Obama, December 2010.

Source:  The Wall Street Journal, Dec. 26, 2010.

Hoven's Index for December 28, 2010

Number of US troops in Afghanistan in Dec. 2008:  30,858

Number of US troops in Afghanistan now:  100,000

Number of US troop fatalities, 2001-2008:  630

Number of US troop fatalities, 2009-10:  789

Source:  Brookings Afghanistan Index, Dec. 10, 2010.

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