DoD Op Enduring Freedom Casualty update as of 10am 11th Dec 2009
Here is this weeks update on Casualties in Afghanistan. Another six soldiers lost their lives this week. This past week the issue of Afghanistan has been front and centre in Congress. The Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton, Secretary of Defence, Robert Gates and The Chief of the Joint Chiefs, Admiral Mullen, have all downplayed he exit strategy in President Obama's decision speech at West Point Military Academy.
The Exit Strategy is now better known as a Transition Commencement Period (my term). President Hamid Karzai has gone as far as saying it would take 10 -15 years for Afghanistan to take over responsibility for their own country.
Admiral Mullen warned Americans this week to expect higher casualties. Yesterday it was also announced that the last quarter has been the deadliest since the Afghan war started.
Unmanned drone attacks have been intensified in the tribal region of Pakistan, signifying that President Obama is continuing with the Bush Administration policy and even escalating it.
NATO countries have pledged an additional 7,000 troops, some with caveats.
Yesterday, US Marines, commenced an operation to secure Helmand Province, the first Operation since the Presidents involvement.
US launch Offensive in Helmand by NP Writer Hugh Askew
OEF U.S. Military Casualties
Total Deaths KIA Non-Hostile WIA RTD ** WIA Not RTD In and
Around Afghanistan 858 664 194 1,903 2,736
Other Locations**** 71 4 67
OEF U.S. DoD
Civilian Casualties 2 1 1
Worldwide Total 931 669 262 1,903 2,737
As of Saturday, December 12th 2009, at least 858 members of the U.S. military had died in Afghanistan, Pakistan and Uzbekistan as a result of the U.S. invasion of Afghanistan in late 2001, according to the Defense Department. The department last updated its figures Friday December 11th, 10:00 AM ET.