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StarfarerBill Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jan-04-10 09:03 AM
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Surge in Casualties Predicted in Afghanistan
By Gina Cavallaro

Americans should prepare to accept hundreds of U.S. casualties each month in Afghanistan during spring offensives with enemy forces.

The dire forecast was made by retired Gen. Barry McCaffrey, an adjunct professor of international affairs at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, in a periodic assessment of political and security issues he has conducted in the war zone since 2003.

What I want to do is signal that this thing is going to be $5 billion to $10 billion a month and 300 to 500 killed and wounded a month by next summer. Thats what we probably should expect. And thats light casualties, said McCaffrey, who is also president of his own consulting firm in Arlington, Va., and has conducted numerous trips to the war zones to assess the political and military challenges at hand.

As of Dec. 20, there had been 305 U.S. troops killed in Afghanistan in 2009, the large majority of those due to hostile action. The number of wounded as of the same date for 2009 was 2,102, with more than half of those unable to return to duty.

A month-by-month breakdown using data compiled by Army Times shows that in 2009, the highest number of wounded and dead in Afghanistan occurred from June, with 210 wounded and killed through October, when 318 were listed as wounded or killed.

October was the deadliest month for U.S. troops, with 50 killed in hostile action; but September saw the most wounded with 457 taken out of the fight.

McCaffrey predicts those numbers will go higher, up to 500 casualties per month, as the winter thaw permits enemy and coalition forces to launch their respective offensives.

More:
http://www.armytimes.com/news/2010/01/army_casualties_0...
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kentuck Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jan-04-10 09:04 AM
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1. a little late, aren't they?
Casualties doubled in 2009.
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Mari333 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jan-04-10 09:08 AM
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2. is the MSM all over this? do we see footage of the carnage ?
soldiers, civilians?

no, we dont.

bastards.

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Solly Mack Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jan-04-10 09:10 AM
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3. That's a given
Increased troop levels, increased engagements, increased casualties.

But that doesn't mean anyone has to just accept it
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