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Afghanistan Casualties

The War for Drugs -- Afghanistan 12 Years Later

Tom Engelhardt | Posted 01.23.2014 | World
Tom Engelhardt

Our second longest war has already played Houdini, doing a remarkable disappearing job in "the homeland." Almost 12 years after it began, no one here, it seems, is considering how to assess American "success" on that distant battlefield.

Civilian Casualties Soar In Afghanistan

Reuters | Jessica Donati | Posted 09.29.2013 | World

(Refiles to expand coding; text unchanged) * Casualties in Afghanistan up by 23 percent compared to 2012:U.N. report * ...

2,059 Dead

AP | The Associated Press | Posted 05.19.2013 | Politics

-- As of Tuesday, March 19, 2013, at least 2,059 members of the U.S. military had died in Afghanistan as a result of the U.S.-led invasion of Afghani...

David Wood

U.S. War Dead in Afghanistan Rise Past 2,000 As Long-Term Costs Of War Remain Unknown | David Wood | Posted 10.02.2012 | World

They have often come in the form of a bright flash, a deafening thunderclap and a concussive blast wave that leaves the survivors dazed or unconscious...

Joe Biden's Uncounted Angels

David Isenberg | Posted 11.11.2012 | Politics
David Isenberg

All these deaths and casualties should be remembered. But as long as we are going to do body counts let us not low ball. What about all the PMSC personnel who have also made the ultimate sacrifice?

Afghanistan Madness

Martin London | Posted 10.24.2012 | Politics
Martin London

Why do we have a campaign focusing all their attention on esoteric, confusing, and misleading arguments about budget plans, medicaid plans, education and the like, but nobody is talking about this horrendous war killing and maiming our young people?


Tom Engelhardt | Posted 09.30.2012 | World
Tom Engelhardt

In reality, the American mission in Afghanistan failed years ago. It's as if we refused to notice, but the Afghans we were training did. Now, they are sending a message that couldn't be blunter or grimmer from that endlessly war-torn land.

Afghanistan, An Indecent Silence

Anne Nivat | Posted 03.23.2012 | World
Anne Nivat

It's rarely talked about on television anymore, and the images are few and far between. And yet, the war that shook Afghanistan -- and in which France has actively participated for a decade -- is not over.

Joshua Hersh

Iraq, Afghanistan Casualty Counts Tell Tale Of Two Wars | Joshua Hersh | Posted 11.01.2011 | World

It's a tale of two wars: in Iraq, August became the first month to pass without a single American military casualty, while in Afghanistan, Americans e...

Mr. President, Bring All of Our Soldiers in Afghanistan and Iraq Home, Now

Ed Koch | Posted 08.27.2011 | New York
Ed Koch

One June 24, 2011, President Barack Obama told our nation of his plans for withdrawing U.S. military forces from Afghanistan. He told us, "We will be...

Afghanistan Under the Knife

John Feffer | Posted 07.17.2011 | World
John Feffer

It was a primitive form of surgery. 10 years ago, the U.S. stuck a knife deep into Afghanistan in an attempt to remove two malignancies -- al Qaeda and the Taliban. With bin Laden gone, the debate has intensified: What to do with the knife?

David Wood

As Afghan War Enters Tenth Fighting Season, IED Casualties On The Rise | David Wood | Posted 07.10.2011 | World

Despite nearly a decade of costly and sometimes frantic struggle, the United States military has been unable to control the Afghan insurgents' most de...

Protect Your Manhood: End the War in Afghanistan

Robert Naiman | Posted 06.08.2011 | World
Robert Naiman

Before you enlist or deploy, I think you have to ask yourself whether we still live in the same country that sent Max Cleland off to be maimed in a war in which our leaders did not believe.

Hushing Up Civilian Casualties Investigations in Afghanistan

Erica Gaston | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Erica Gaston

The detention of journalists for trying to provide an independent voice on security incidents in Afghanistan undermines Western governments' otherwise positive efforts to support free media there in the past 10 years.


Kathy Kelly | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Kathy Kelly

We see the cost of war, but it doesn't affect -- or prevent -- our decisions. We actually, finally, have to stop making people like the nine children who died, pay it.

Amanda Terkel

Afghan Civilian Deaths Hit Record Levels In 2010 | Amanda Terkel | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

WASHINGTON -- At least 2,421 civilians were killed in Afghanistan last year, a record high since the U.S. invasion in 2001, according to a new report....

Two Children, More Than 30 Insurgents Killed In Afghanistan

AP | RAHIM FAIEZ | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

KABUL, Afghanistan — Bombs and gunbattles across Afghanistan killed more than 30 insurgents, five civilians and two NATO coalition service membe...

In the Crosshairs: Tucson-Kabul

Tom Engelhardt | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Tom Engelhardt

Massacres like the one in Tucson are more common than Americans like to imagine, but still reasonably rare. The repetitious deaths of innocents in Afghanistan are commonplace in a way that Americans generally don't care to consider.

Government: 2010 Marks Record High Civilian Casualties In Afghanistan

Reuters || Posted 05.25.2011 | World

KABUL (Reuters) -- The number of Afghan police killed during 2010 fell about seven percent to 1,292, the government said on Monday, despite violence s...

Hunger and Anger in Afghanistan

Kathy Kelly | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Kathy Kelly

In Afghanistan, a nation where 850 children die every day, about a quarter of the population goes hungry. "Do you think we like to live this way?" an Afghan man asked me, last October, as he led us toward a primitive tent encampment on the outskirts of Kabul.

A Dramatic Look At Life-Saving Medics In Afghanistan

AP/The Huffington Post | BRENNAN LINSLEY | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

HELMAND PROVINCE, Afghanistan (AP) — It was pushing dusk when the call came: "One Category Alpha." The voice crackled over the radio, urgent but...

Afghan Police Officer Kills 6 US Service Members

AP | HEIDI VOGT and RAHIM FAIEZ | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) – An Afghan border policeman killed six American servicemen during a training mission Monday, underscoring one of the ri...

Hundreds Of Afghanistan Contractor Deaths Go Unreported, Study Shows

Salon | Justin Elliott | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

In one of the least examined aspects of President Obama's escalation of the Afghan war, armed private security contractors are being killed in action ...

The McChrystal Moment: Swords or Plowshares

Rep. Alan Grayson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Rep. Alan Grayson

I called for McChrystal to go in October, 2009. I called for him to go yesterday. And now, he's gone. But this isn't about McChrystal's job. It's about McChrystal's plan -- the plan for endless war. The question is whether America is turning away from war. And we are. Slowly.

Afghan Casualties

Jeff Danziger | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Jeff Danziger