Daily Revolt

December 01, 2007

Afghanistan Now Most Dangerous for U.S. Troops

This was predictable. It is the proverbial finger in the dam wall. Afghanistan was neglected for too long for this not to happen. The biggest problems is the free movement of Taliban within Pakistan which allows them to enter and exist Afghanistan at will. In addition, the insurgents are being funded with the proceeds from Opium and Marijuana crops within that country:
In a stunning turnaround, Afghanistan is now a more dangerous place for U.S. troops than Iraq. The death rate for U.S. troops in Afghanistan is now nearly twice the rate for those in Iraq, according to an analysis by ABC News.

[...] the situation has deteriorated in Afghanistan. There have already been 111 U.S. troops killed in Afghanistan in 2007, making this the deadliest year for U.S. troops in Afghanistan of the entire war.

"We are stagnating in Afghanistan, if not backsliding," a senior U.S. military official tells ABC News.

It's also the deadliest year for non-U.S. troops, by far. This year, 112 non-U.S. troops in the coalition have been killed, including 40 from Britain and 29 from Canada.

So far in November, 22 coalition troops have been killed in Afghanistan, 11 of them Americans. Considering that there are only 26,000 U.S. troops in Afghanistan, compared to over 160,000 in Iraq, the death rate is considerably higher in Afghanistan.

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