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70% of U.S. Military Fatalities in 11-Year Afghan War Have Occurred on Obama's Watch
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(CNSNews.com) - Of the 1,912 U.S. military personnel who have died in the now nearly 11-year-long war in Afghanistan, 1,343 have died since President Barack Obama was inaugurated on Jan. 20, 2009.
Seventy percent of the Afghan War casualties have happened on Obama's watch.
The war in Afghanistan started on Oct. 7, 2001, when the United States invaded that country to track down al Qaeda terrorists and overthrow the Taliban regime that had provided sanctuary to al Qaeda in the years before the 9/11 terrorist attacks.
So far this year, 155 U.S. military personnel have died in Afghanistan. That is about 22 percent less than the 198 U.S. military personnel who were killed in Afghanistan from January to June last year. May was the deadliest month so far in 2012 with 40 deaths. It was also deadliest May of the war.
The three years of the Obama have been the three deadliest for U.S. forces in Afghanistan. In 2009, 303 U.S. service members perished there. In 2010, 497 did. In 2011, 399 U.S. military personnel died in Afghanistan.
Obama has also presided over the top five deadliest months of the war, which include: August 2011, when there were 71 deaths; July 2010, when there were 65 deaths; June 2010, when there were 60 deaths; October 2009, when there were 58 deaths; and August 2010, when there were 55 deaths.
Improvised explosive devices (IEDs), also known as homemade bombs, continue to be the number one killer of U.S. forces in Afghanistan, accounting for death of about half of the U.S. military personnel who have died inthe war.
American fatalities have been concentrated in the southern Afghan provinces of Helmand and Kandahar. These two provinces, which border Pakistan, have been the focus of most U.S.-led military activity during the conflict.
That activity is now extending to eastern Afghanistan, which also borders Pakistan.
In all, about 80 percent of all U.S. military casualties have taken place in Afghan provinces that border Pakistan.
The majority of the U.S. military personnel who have died inthe Afghan War have died due to combat-related injuries. Non-combat related deaths are those caused by accidents, illnesses, drowning, or other non-combat incidents in and around Afghanistan.
By the end of 2014, the U.S.-led coalition forces are expected to transfer the lead in security responsibilities to the Afghan National Security Forces.
President Obama has agreed that some U.S. forces will remain in Afghanistan beyond 2014 to support training and counterterrorism operations led by the Afghan forces. The scope of the U.S. force that will stay behind has not been decided yet.
Historically, the Afghan summer months of June to September are when most of the heavy fighting and thus most of the U.S. military casualties take place. Those months are known as the “fighting season.”
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Didn't the Liar-in-Chief promise to get the troops out of Afghanistan?
Yes, but then he decided he needed to give himself some cover as a great warrior. Anything for a vote.
No, it was just a campaign lie to pander to the extreme left of his party. A lie is just as good as the truth as long as you can find someone naive enough to believe it.
This is not a scientific survey,
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323 days ago
Funny, if it were up to Republicans we would still be in Iraq and many other places.
Their's a time table in place.
319 days ago
@Free Not until to job is done otherwise we WILL be back you moron!
322 days ago
Their is a possive pronoun, but you still made no sense either way.
“Nowhere in your incoherent rambling did you come close to what can be considered a rational thought. Everyone is now dumber having heard it. I award you no points and may God have mercy on your soul.”
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