DoD Op Enduring Freedom Casualty update as of 10am 8th Jan 2010
Last year was a deadly year in Afghanistan for U.S. Forces. The total casualties in Operation Enduring Freedom had reached 861 by the end of the year.
The year ended with 4 Canadian soldiers and a Canadian journalist being killed by an Improvised Explosive Device (IED) in Kandahar City. This was followed by an attack on CIA operatives in an FOB near Khost, Afghanistan. This attack killed seven CIA operatives.
The carnage continues during this first week in 2010. This week 7 U.S. servicemen/woman lost their lives, bringing the total to 868.
With a surge of an additional 30,000 U.S. troops by the end of the year, will the new strategy in Afhganistan work? President is having difficulty getting his proposed cabinet approved. The success of governance in Afghanistan plays a large part in the success of this new strategy.
With the surge of terrorist activity and Al Quaeda training camps in Yemen, a failed state in Somalia, there are a lot of questions as to containment or eradication of terrorist activity from the Middle East.
The world continues to be a dangerous place. Let's hope that eventually common sense will prevail.
Just yesterday an Iman in Canada, speaking for the Muslim community, gave a clear message to Muslim extremists. "An attack on North America will be seen as an attack against moderate Muslims in North America."
OEF U.S. Military Casualties
Total Deaths KIA Non-Hostile WIA RTD ** WIA Not RTD In and
Around Afghanistan 868 669 199 1,981 2,766
Other Locations**** 72 4 68
OEF U.S. DoD
Civilian Casualties 2 1 1
Worldwide Total 942 674 268 1,981 2,767
As of Saturday January 9th 868 members of the US military had died during Operation Enduring Freedom. DoD last updated its figures on Friday January 8th, 2010.