60% of U.S. military deaths in Afghanistan have occurred under Obama
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|Mon, 04-04-2011 - 3:11pm|
Since Obama took office, 858 U.S. soldiers have died in Afghanistan, 60% of the total to die in this war. A half dozen recently in a fire fight. There have also been trophy pictures from a kill squad shown in a trial of soldiers. When Bush was President war casualties dominated the nightly news, every night we'd hear about our war dead. Under Obama, not so much. Under Obama in the past few days half a dozen soldiers died in a nasty fire fight, under Bush a smaller number died in a similar fight and it was major news for almost a month. Abuse of prisoners in Iraq dominated U.S. news for years under Bush, the trophy pictures of U.S. kill squads under Obama doesn't seem to be news.
I find it interesting that this forum has a long thread about how we must give up our right of free expression (well not we collectively, just conservatives) to appease some Muslim extremists because half a dozen U.N. workers were killed. This seems to dominate not only the ivillage news forum, but our news generally. The half dozen U.S. soldiers who died in a fire fight recently, don't get mentioned here in ivillage on on the main stream media much either.
Assuming this thread is like all the other fact based threads in ivillage that aren't glowingly in love with Obama, there will be no replies.
The double standard of news organizations, and of the progressives who run them, and the reflection of that standard here on ivillage, are absolutely amazing. I hope one day people get to search archives of this stuff and try to make sense of it. Anyway, for posterity if nothing else, here is the story on Obama's war dead in Afghanistan:
60% of U.S. Military Deaths in Afghanistan Have Occurred Since Obama Was Inaugurated in 2009
At least 858 U.S. soldiers have died in the Afghanistan war since President Barack Obama took office in January 2009. That equals 60.13 percent of the 1,427 American soldier fatalities so far in the ongoing 10-year war in that country.
For March 2011, there were 26 U.S. military deaths in Afghanistan, including 4 non-combat related fatalities. That brought the total combat and non-combat deaths for 2011 (January, February, and March) to 70. Those fatalities include 57 combat-related deaths and 13 non-combat deaths.
For the 858 U.S. deaths since Obama’s inauguration, 791 have been combat-related. This means that for the 1,241 combat-related deaths that occurred since the Afghanistan war began in October 2001, about 64 percent happened in the two years since Obama took office.
Last year was the deadliest for U.S. forces in Afghanistan, with 497 combat and non-combat fatalities. Improvised explosive devices (IEDs), or homemade bombs, continue to be the number one killer of U.S. soldiers in Afghanistan.
The Afghan provinces of Helmand and Kandahar, which border Pakistan and have been the central focus of U.S. military operations in recent years, continue to be the deadliest regions for American soldiers.
CNSNews.com’s database of U.S. military fatalities in Afghanistan is derived from Department of Defense (DOD) news releases and various media accounts.
The database includes American troops who died in and around Afghanistan while supporting military efforts against terrorism under Operation Enduring Freedom. That operation was launched on Oct. 7, 2001 to topple the Taliban regime and pursue al Qaeda after it used Afghanistan as a base for the 9/11 terrorist attacks against the United States.
More than 40 troop-contributing countries are involved in the campaign under NATO’s International Security Assistance Force, commanded by U.S. Army General David Petraeus.
In addition to those who died in Afghanistan, CNSNews.com’s database includes some Americans who died in Pakistan and others who died in the Arabian Sea while supporting operations in Afghanistan.