Saturday, 2 June 2012
DOD US Military Casualties in Afghanistan as of 01 Jun 2012
The relationship with Pakistan couldn't be worse after the arrest of Shakeel Afridi on May 24th and sentencing to 33 years in jail under Pakistan's archaic system of tribal justice. Publicly the United States has not placed much pressure on Pakistan other than Congress punishing Pakistan with a $33 Million cut to aid. The punishment is a drop in the bucket.
The US continues with drone attacks into Pakistan, with everyone killed called a militant. With the election campaign in the US in full swing, the media has concentrated on the trivial, like the so-called war on women by the GOP, Bain Capital performance to discredit Mitt Romney, who is now officially the GOP nominee to challenge President Obama. Afghanistan, after the NATO summit in Chicago is off the radar again.
Yesterday's job figures were again dismal, with only 69,000 jobs created, while 150,000 were expected. The unemployment figure rose to 8.2%. Many of those unemployed are veterans. While last weekend, Memorial weekend, paid homage to those killed in America's wars, the reality is that they are out of sight and mind for the remainder of the year.
The situation in Syria has reached a critical point, with little agreement in the UN on how to deal with it. Russia and China are at odds with Western powers on how to deal with the Assad regime. Iran continues to be a thorn in the eye of the United States, with little chance of reaching an agreement to stop Iran's pursuit of a nuclear weapon.
France will have its combat troops out of Afghanistan by the end of the year, Australia will leave a year earlier, while Canada will not make any further commitments past March 2014. The ten year war has been costly. Whether or not the Karzai government can take over responsibility of Afghanistan remains to be seen.
While the war in Afghanistan, as we know it, is over, let's remember that it is not over for the thousands of NATO soldiers serving in the war torn nation. Even one more dead soldier or civilian is too many. Take a moment this week and remember that young soldiers are still dieing. Lest We Forget.
Roll of Casualties
Below are this week’s updated DoD casualty figures:
Op Enduring Freedom Total Deaths KIA Non Hostile WIA
Afghanistan Only 1872 1552 320 16144
Other Locations 112 12 100
DoD Civ Casualties 3 1 2
Worldwide Total 1987 1565 422 16144
Accumulated 2012 Casualties:
KIA Non Combat Deaths WIA
100 52 916