69 Percent Of Afghan War Casualties Occurred Under Obama
Obama has only served 39 months in office, 69 percent of the U.S. military fatalities in the more then 10-year-old war in Afghanistan have occurred on his watch. According to CNSNews.com’s comprehensive database on Afghan war casualties, at least 1,275 of the 1,844 U.S. troops killed in Operation Enduring Freedom have been killed since Jan. 20, 2009, when Obama was inaugurated as president.
In the more than 10 years the U.S. military has been fighting in Afghanistan, each of the three deadliest years have been during Obama’s president. The deadliest year was 2010, when 497 U.S. service personnel gave their lives in Afghanistan. The second deadliest year was 2011, when 399 U.S. service personnel gave their lives in Afghanistan. And the third deadliest year was 2009, when 303 U.S. service personnel gave their lives in Afghanistan.
In the 8 years of President George Bush there was a total of 599 American military casualties.
In the 2 years of Obama’s Presidency there was a total of 810 American military casualties.
In the first 6 years of Bush’s term in office there were 338 American military deaths compared to Obama’s 1st year with 311 military deaths.
Obama’s military policies and calls for budget cuts are resulting in less civilian deaths the number of our own wounded and killed has drastically increased. Exactly who is he trying to protect, our troops or the enemy?
Since 2007, when the Pentagon began tracking these killings, 54 U.S. soldiers have been killed by Afghan troops.
On March 22, Gen. John Allen, the top commander in Afghanistan, testified in Congress that as of that point 52 U.S. service personnel in Afghanistan had been killed by Afghan forces. Of those 52, Gen. Allen said, six had taken place this year alone.
On March 16, the Associated Press reported that the Pentagon failed to identify a U.S. soldier killed by Afghan forces in February. On May 1, the Associated Press reported that on April 25 a U.S. Army special forces soldier had been killed by Afghan forces.
CNSNews.com’s detailed count of U.S. military fatalities in Afghanistan is derived from official casualty reports issued by the Department of Defense (DOD), augmented by information taken from ISAF and media accounts.
The database includes all U.S. military personnel who died or were fatally injured in and around Afghanistan while supporting military efforts in Operation Enduring Freedom, which covers multiple countries.
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