The Count

The Count


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As of Monday, day 3,320 of the war in Afghanistan and day 2,774 of the war in Iraq … 

1,294  American military service members (5 more than last week) have died in Afghanistan since the war began in 2001, and 4,430 (the same as last week) have died in Iraq since that war began in 2003, according to the US Defense Department.

2.8 million is how many classified military documents the WikiLeaks Web site says it will deliver in its 3rd release, which is expected to be 7 times larger than the 400,000 Iraq war logs released earlier this year, the Associated Press reported. That would make the upcoming release the biggest in US history.

$1 billion the Iraqi government had been using to pay benefits to widows, farm crops and welfare programs has been exhausted, and Iraqi lawmakers — who’ve collected $100,000 each for 

4 days of work — began demanding answers this week as to where the money had gone, the Associated Press reported.

50 percent of the insurgent violence is centered in 10 of Afghanistan’s 365 districts, but violence in the capital of Kabul is comparable with what children in many Western countries would experience, a NATO official told the BBC.


— Compiled by Jake Armstrong 



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It is established:

1,294 American military service members (5 more than last week) have died in Afghanistan ...


4,430 (the same as last week) have died in Iraq ... .

Thousands more were severely wounded at both locations and then air-evacuated out to die somewhere else. Consequently, THEIR deaths are not treated as combat-related.

And then, there are hundreds-of-thousands of current and former military members that are still physically and mentally suffering from these criminally sustained conflicts who are functionally neglected or forgotten by their government simply because they can no longer actively contribute to the war-crimes effort.

In the meantime, as with all corporations, we continue to view government as a necessary evil.


posted by DanD on 11/26/10 @ 09:27 a.m.
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