Afghanistan

On October 7, 2001 the United States and a “coalition of the willing” launched Operation Enduring Freedom in apparent response to the September 11, 2001 attacks in the United States. The stated purpose was to destroy Al -Queda, the group that claimed responsibility for the attacks on the U.S. Additionally, the U.S wanted to remove the Taliban from power in Afghanistan and move it towards democracy. Within a few months of the war, the major leadership of Al-Queda moved out of Afghanistan into neighboring countries, such as Pakistan.

The situation in Afghanistan began to destabilize as Afghanis pressed back against the U.S backed government of Hamid Karzai as well as the U.S occupation of Afghanistan.

On December 1, 2010 President Barack Obama sent an additional 30,000 troops to Afghanistan over 6 months. On June 22, 2011 President Obama announced a troop withdrawal of 10,000 US solders with an additional 23,000 to be withdrawn by the summer of 2012. The current troop level is over 100,000.

On October 7, 2010 Afghanistan became the longest war in American history.
The cost of the war in Afghanistan is crushing the U.S economy. A March 2011 Congressional Research Service report notes that: 1) following the Afghanistan surge announcement in 2009, Defense Department spending on Afghanistan has increased 50%, going from $4.4 billion to $6.7 billion a month. During that time, troop strength has gone from 44,000 to 84,000, and it is expected to be at 102,000 for fiscal year 2011; 2) The total operational cost for Afghanistan from the beginning of the conflict in 2001 through 2006 only slightly exceeds the amount spent in 2010 alone — $93.8 billion. The projected total cost relating to Afghanistan in fiscal year 2011 is expected to be $118.6 billion.
While the monetary cost of the war in Afghanistan is staggering, the cost in human life is an even bigger cost. According to www.icasulaties.org, which gets it’s data from the Department of Defense, as of May 2011:
The number of U.S dead in Afghanistan is 1,663 and counting
The number of coalition dead is 925 and counting
The number of Afghani dead is unknown
The number of U.S wounded is 11,191
The number of Afghani wounded is unknown

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‘No one really cares': US deaths in Afghanistan hit 2,000 in ‘forgotten’ war

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After 11 years, 2000 American deaths, and over 50,000 Afghans dead, the longest war in U.S. history still rages on. This article begs the question… Does anyone really care? KABUL, Afghanistan — It was once President Barack Obama's "war of necessity." …

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Afghan Locals Try to Explain Afghanistan War

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The irrationality of U.S. policy in Afghanistan is seen in local conspiracy theories Conspiracy theories are explanations for apparently unexplainable events. While usually false, they give a sense of meaning to people's suffering. This essay concerns how inhabitants of Afghanistan, …

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Pakistan & Afghanistan Don’t Know What’s Good for Them?

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Click here for this article by Bernard Finel Mirror Imaging in Afghanistan and Pakistan People often ask me why I don’t like Andrew Exum’s work. It is stuff like this. Here is one of his tweets from yesterday:     Andrew …

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Photos from CAPA’s Dean Baker Talk

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Click here for the full photo collection of Dr. Dean Baker’s discussion Need or Greed: Who’s Responsible for the Global Economic Crisis?

Durbin Signed Letter to Obama – Thank You

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. Dear Senator Durbin, On behalf of Chicago Area Peace Action (affiliate of the national Peace Action — working for Peace since 1957), I wish to thank you for signing the letter to President Obama in “support of a transition …

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