Archive for July 15, 2009

July is already the deadliest month to date for coalition forces in Afghanistan, only 15 days into the month.

Coalition fatalities in the month of July so far, listed by name, age, and branch of military service:

  • Mevl├╝t, Baydur, 39, Turkish Army
  • Sungur, Faruk, 51, Turkish Army
  • Di Lisio, Alessandro, 25, Italian Army
  • Spicer, David S., 33 , U.S. Marine
  • Heede Jr., Michael W., 22, U.S. Marine
  • Lindstrom, Eric J., 27, U.S. Army
  • Hatfield, Jerome D., 36, U.S. Marine
  • Barbozaflores, Pedro A., 27, U.S. Marine
  • Lembke, Matthew R., 22, U.S. Marine
  • Simpson, Daniel, 20, British Army
  • Murphy, Joseph, 18, British Army
  • Backhouse, James, 18, British Army
  • Aldridge, William, 18, British Army
  • Horne, Jonathan, 28, British Army
  • Scott, Lee, 26, British Army
  • Farris, Joshua R., 22, U.S. Army
  • Brackpool, John, 28, British Army
  • Hume, Daniel, 22, British Army
  • Hayes, John E., 36, U.S. Marine
  • Hager, Roger G., 20, U.S. Marine
  • Tate, Darren Ethan, 21, U.S. Navy
  • Missman , Gregory James, 36, U.S. Army
  • Roy, Michael C., 25, U.S. Marine
  • Talbert, Christopher, 24, U.S. Army National Guard
  • Whiteside, Christopher, 20, British Army
  • Garner, Mark A., 30, U.S. Army
  • Joannette, Martin, 25, Canadian Army
  • Audet, Patrice, 38, Canadian Army
  • Babington-Browne, Ben, 27, British Army
  • Williams, Derwin, 41, U.S. Army National Guard
  • Hosford, Chester W., 35, U.S. Army National Guard
  • Chavers, Brock H., 25, U.S. Army National Guard
  • Johnson, Issac L., 24, U.S. Army National Guard
  • Gideon, Nicolas H. J., 20, U.S. Army
  • Randolph, Tony Michael, 22, U.S. Navy
  • Elson, Dane, 22, British Army
  • Laws, Robert, 18, British Army
  • Dennis, David, 29, British Army
  • Michaud, Charles-Philippe, 28, Canadian Army
  • Fairbairn, Aaron E., 20, U.S. Army
  • Casillas, Justin A., 19, U.S. Army
  • Bulger, Nicholas, 30, Canadian Army
  • Sharp, Charles S., 20, U.S. Marine
  • Thorneloe, Rupert, 40, British Army
  • Hammond, Joshua, 18, British Army

According to the National Priorities Project:

To date, $172.9 billion dollars have been allocated to the war in Afghanistan since 2001. In addition, we estimate that $24.4 billion dollars of the recent supplemental will be used to further fund the war in [Afghanistan] for a total of $197.3 billion dollars.

The stress of the escalation in Afghanistan had led the Defense Department to consider temporarily growing the size of the U.S. Army:

Defense Secretary Robert Gates is weighing a possible temporary expansion of the US army to ease the strain from wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, his press secretary said on Wednesday.

Gates was discussing the idea, backed by Senator Joseph Lieberman, with senior officers to add 30,000 troops to the active-duty army, press secretary Geoff Morrell told reporters.

The possible expansion from the current strength of 547,400 would be designed “to get them through what is still a stressful period as we draw down in Iraq and continue to plus-up in Afghanistan,” Morrell said.

…Any expansion would be temporary but would carry a significant price tag, possibly more than a billion dollars, army officials said.

We will likely never know how many civilians died in Afghanistan as a result of the war. According to the Human Security Report Project’s Afghanistan Conflict Monitor, “[s]ystematic collection of civilian fatality data only began in 2007.” However:

When is enough enough? End this war.

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