BBC: US military death toll in Afghanistan reaches 2,000

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Never-ending death toll?

A checkpoint shooting in eastern Afghanistan has taken the US military’s death toll in the war past 2,000.”[1]

They say that Afghanistan has never lost a war on its own territory. I can’t vouch for that but, looking at recent attempts (from C19 onwards), the claim may well be realistic.

Armed invasion of what we currently know as Afghanistan is nothing new. Invaders include Alexander the Great, Genghis Khan, Timur, the Mughal Empire, assorted Russian Tsars, the British Empire, and the Soviet Union. Since 2001, it’s been the NATO coalition, led by US troops.

The following statements are direct quotes from a punchy BBC Online item. So are the headline and subheading. Someone (not credited) did a good journalistic job that sparsely paints a grim and horrible slaughter – on all sides.[1]

Who benefits from this tragic situation?

The American death toll goes back to the US-led invasion of Afghanistan in 2001.
The figure of 2,000 deaths was given by US officials on Sunday. (During the war in Iraq, 4,409 American soldiers were killed.)
Officially, at least 17,644 US soldiers have been wounded in action in Afghanistan.
The independent organisation iCasualties[2] estimates a higher US death toll, recording 2,125 to date.
This same source reports 1,066 deaths of non-US members of the coalition in Afghanistan. Since the war began, 433 British soldiers have been killed.

And – here we go – the expendable

It is more difficult to establish the Afghan toll in the war but most estimates calculate a minimum of 20,000 civilian deaths, AP [Associated Press] notes.
Some 10,000 members of the Afghan security forces have been killed. No reliable figures exist for deaths among the Taliban and other insurgents.

[1]: BBC Online

[2]: iCasualties

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