The Cost of War in Afghanistan
“Afghanistan taught us an invaluable lesson . . . It has been and always will be impossible to solve political problems using force. We should have helped the people of Afghanistan in improving their life, but it was a gross mistake to send troops into the country.”
– Retired Red Army General Boris Gromov.
As of March 2009, the Department of Defense reported that 869 US soldiers have been killed in Afghanistan since the beginning of Operation Enduring Freedom in October 2001. More than 2,606 soldiers have been wounded in action. The US death toll has escalated each year – from 12 in 2001 to 99 in 2005, 117 in 2004, and 155 in 2008.
The latest casualties bring to 63 the number of foreign soldiers who have died in Afghanistan this month, and to 295 the death toll since January, according to the Web site icasualties.org, which tracks reports of deaths.
REFUGEES AND INTERNALLY DISPLACED PEOPLE (IDP)
Some 3.7 million Afghan refugees who have fled the conflict in Afghanistan over the past two decades are currently living in neighboring countries - 1.5 million in Iran and more than 2 million in Pakistan.
THE FINANCIAL COST
The war in Afghanistan has cost US tax-payers $171.7 billion to date, with a pending spring supplemental request for an additional $77.1 billion (of an $83.4 billion request) to fund the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan through 2009 (split $24.4 billion for Afghanistan, $52.7 billion for Iraq).
More details of cost:
At least 753,399 people have been killed in Afghanistan and Iraq since the U.S. and coalition attacks, based on lowest credible estimates.
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