Monday, January 31, 2011

Iraq and Afghanistan Casuality Diagram: A Year of Colourful Sadness

In 2010, the United States and its allies continued to shift the military focus from Iraq and to Afghanistan. American troop levels in Iraq fell by half, from more than 100,000 troops in January to under 50,000. In Afghanistan, a surge of mainly United States troops brought numbers to roughly 140,000, from near 100,000 at the beginning of the year. As shown in the chart (based on data from the Pentagon, and American allies), in 2010 there were 696 fatalities in Afghanistan and 56 in Iraq.