DoD Op Enduring Freedom Casualty update as of 10am 30th Oct 2009
Yesterday President Obama met with the Joint Chiefs of Staff to discuss the way forward in Afghanistan. Presumably the meeting discussed troop strength and the approach regarding General McChrystals detailed analysis and recommendations regarding counter-insurgency operation.
Apparently President Obama has now been provided with all the recommendations and facts by his National Security Council and the Joint Chiefs of Staff to reach an informed decision on Afghanistan. Yesterday.s meeting was also attended by VP Joe Biden, Secretary Gates and Jim Jones, National Security Advisor. Hillary Clinton was still in Pakistan where she delivered a blunt and clear message.
U.S Casualties have increased again during this past week. Here is the update of total casualties as of 10 am 30 October 2009. The number of Deaths has now risen to 831 which is an increase of 23 over the previous week. 48 American troops have been killed so far in October. This year has been the bloodiest in Afghanistan since Op Enduring Freedom started in 2001. President Obama is expected to make a decision next week after the Afghan elections. There may be an announcement of withdrawal in the Afghan elections by Abdullah Abdullah tomorrow. He claims that the run-off will change nothing.
OEF U.S. Military Casualties
Total Deaths KIA Non-Hostile WIA RTD ** WIA Not RTD In and Around Afghanistan 831 641 190 1,799 2,599
Other Locations**** 71 4 67 1
1OEF U.S. DoD
Civilian Casualties 1 1
Worldwide Total 903 646 257 1,799 2,600
As of Saturday, October 31st 2009, at least 831 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 October 30th,10:00 AM EDT.