War in Afghanistan

Hillary Clinton gives Obama’s Middle East game away

By Chris Marsden, 5 November 2009

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has spent the past days trying to limit the damage from her praise of Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu for making “unprecedented” concessions to the Palestinians by offering to “limit” settlement construction on the West Bank.

Afghan election farce ends, escalation to begin

By Bill Van Auken, 3 November 2009

The protracted and fraudulent Afghan election process ended Monday with incumbent Hamid Karzai decreed the winner. The end of this farcical exercise has set the stage for Washington to escalate its eight-year-old war.

The meaning of Europe’s “step change” in Afghanistan

By Chris Marsden, 3 November 2009

The European Union has endorsed an action plan for Afghanistan and Pakistan in support of the US-led neo-colonial war.

An exposure of corruption: Afghanistan, on the Dollar Trail

By Mathew Benn, 31 October 2009

Afghanistan, on the Dollar Trail, written and directed by Paul Moreira and produced by Sue Spencer

What are US troops dying for in Afghanistan?

By Bill Van Auken, 29 October 2009

After several days in which US troops suffered their worst casualties in the eight-year-old war in Afghanistan, it was revealed Wednesday that President Hamid Karzai’s brother, reputedly a key figure in the country’s drug trade, is on the CIA payroll.

Pakistani army offensive devastates tribal communities

By James Cogan, 28 October 2009

The military offensive into South Waziristan is having a devastating impact on the entire civilian population. Villages and towns are literally being bombed into rubble and tens of thousands of people have been forced to flee for their lives.

US casualties rise as Obama prepares Afghan escalation

By Bill Van Auken, 27 October 2009

Eleven US soldiers and three drug agents were killed in the space of 24 hours in Afghanistan as the Obama administration’s war cabinet prepared to meet Monday on escalating the war.

The runoff farce in Afghanistan

By Bill Van Auken, 26 October 2009

The crisis over the fraudulent election in Afghanistan, culminating in President Karzai’s acceptance of a runoff, has laid bare the colonial character of the US occupation and the puppet status of the government in Kabul.

Karzai bows to US pressure on Afghanistan runoff

By Patrick Martin, 22 October 2009

In an action that was as predictable—and as degrading—as a serf prostrating himself before his master, the president of Afghanistan, Hamid Karzai, bowed to relentless pressure from the Obama administration and agreed Tuesday to a runoff election.

Reports of indiscriminate bombing in South Waziristan

By James Cogan, 21 October 2009

Civilians seeking to escape are being forced to walk out of the war zone under constant threat of attack.

US steps up pressure on Karzai over Afghan vote

By Bill Van Auken, 20 October 2009

The Obama administration and its European allies have stepped up pressure on Afghan President Hamid Karzai to reach a political settlement in order to resolve the crisis over the fraudulent August 20 election.

US soldier commits suicide in Indiana movie theater

By Alexander Fangmann, 20 October 2009

A National Guard soldier home on a 15-day leave from the war in Afghanistan committed suicide in a Muncie, Indiana, movie theater October 12.

Morale crumbling among US and British troops in Afghanistan

By James Cogan, 17 October 2009

Several reports from the frontlines of Afghanistan this month provide an insight into the growing demoralisation among US and British soldiers.

Pakistan descends deeper into civil war

By Peter Symonds, 16 October 2009

As the Pakistani military is poised to launch a major offensive into the tribal agency of South Waziristan, Islamist militants carried out coordinated, high-profile attacks yesterday on police facilities in the city of Lahore.

“Obama’s War”: A glimpse of US debacle in Afghanistan

By Bill Van Auken, 15 October 2009

“Obama’s War,” the hour-long television documentary aired on “Frontline” Tuesday, provides a telling glimpse of the debacle facing the US intervention in Afghanistan, but no real explanation of why the war is being fought.

US Afghanistan commander requested as many as 60,000 more soldiers

By Tom Eley, 10 October 2009

The top-end request for an increase in US troop levels in Afghanistan presented to President Obama by Gen. Stanley McChrystal is substantially larger than the 40,000 previously reported, according to anonymous government sources.

UN agency bombed in Pakistan

By James Cogan, 9 October 2009

A Pakistani Taliban militant carried out a suicide bombing against the UN World Food Program headquarters in Islamabad on Monday, killing five UN workers.

The Australian Labor Party and the war in Afghanistan

By Socialist Equality Party (Australia), 7 October 2009

Since its election in November 2007, the Rudd Labor government has escalated Australian military involvement in the Afghan conflict. Just as Afghanistan is now referred to as Obama’s war, so it has become Rudd’s war.

White House-military tensions over Afghanistan

By Patrick Martin, 6 October 2009

Growing tensions between sections of the military brass and the Obama administration have emerged openly in the conflict between the top commander in Afghanistan, General Stanley McChrystal, and the White House.

General McChrystal publicly campaigns for Afghanistan “surge”

By Bill Van Auken, 3 October 2009

With his appearance Thursday before a British think tank, Gen. Stanley McChrystal intensified a public campaign for an escalation of the US war in Afghanistan.

US faces worsening military situation in Afghanistan

By James Cogan, 3 October 2009

The anti-occupation insurgency has spread from the southern provinces that border Pakistan to the capital Kabul and northern provinces.

US, NATO reach “consensus” to sanction rigged election in Afghanistan

By Jerry White, 29 September 2009

The US and NATO countries involved in the occupation of Afghanistan have signaled their willingness to recognize the re-election of Afghan President Hamid Karzai despite evidence of massive fraud in the August 20 elections.

Five more US soldiers killed in Afghanistan

By Tom Eley, 26 September 2009

Five more US soldiers were killed in Afghanistan on Thursday, as debate raged in Washington over the character of the next US “surge.”

France: Brutal eviction of migrants from Calais encampment

By Antoine Lerougetel, 26 September 2009

Hundreds of police officers carried out a brutal raid Tuesday on a camp near Calais, France, home to some 800 undocumented immigrants, mostly Afghans trying to emigrate to Britain.

US troops out of Afghanistan

By Bill Van Auken, 24 September 2009

With the US commander in Afghanistan set to deliver a request for tens of thousands more troops, all sides in the Obama administration’s so-called strategy debate are pushing for increased bloodletting in both Afghanistan and Pakistan.

US commander pushes for rapid escalation of Afghanistan war

By Bill Van Auken, 22 September 2009

With the release of a declassified version of Gen. McChrystal’s recommendations for a change of course in Afghanistan, the Pentagon command is pushing for Obama to approve a rapid escalation of the US-led war.

Australian adviser to US military provides chilling insight into neo-colonial mentality

By James Cogan, 19 September 2009

David Kilcullen, a top Australian-born advisor to the US military, delivered a lecture in Sydney on September 3. His remarks provide an insight into the methods and mentality of those directing the US-led wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Preliminary results in Afghan election show Karzai victory

Occupying powers debate moves against incumbent president

By Tom Eley, 18 September 2009

Final preliminary results from Afghanistan’s elections show Karzai winning 54.6 percent of the vote, amdist allegations of massive fraud.

What happened in Kunduz?

The German army steps up its deployment in Afghanistan

By Ludwig Weller and Peter Schwarz, 18 September 2009

Following the latest massacre in Kunduz there is a growing chorus of opinion in German military and right-wing political circles that it is time for the German army to pull off its kid gloves and conduct “proper” war in Afghanistan.

Following massacre in Kunduz

Left Party comes to the aid of German government

By Stefan Steinberg, 12 September 2009

Following the massacre in Kunduz, Afghanistan, the German Left Party has expressed its readiness to discuss an “exit strategy” with Germany’s ruling parties.

European powers seek UN cover for war in Afghanistan

By Alex Lantier, 10 September 2009

Plans for a United Nations conference on Afghanistan early next year are a political fraud directed against the Afghan people and the working class.

Against European calls for UN conference on Afghanistan

By Alex Lantier, 8 September 2009

Plans for a United Nations conference on Afghanistan early next year are a political fraud directed against the Afghan people and the working class.

New atrocity in Afghanistan

US airstrike incinerates scores of civilians

By Patrick Martin, 5 September 2009

An airstrike by a US warplane killed over 100 Afghans early Friday morning, most of them civilians incinerated when two gasoline tankers, hit by bombs, exploded in flames.

Britain: Eric Joyce MP resigns over UK policy in Afghanistan

By Robert Stevens, 5 September 2009

Eric Joyce, an aide to British Defence Secretary Bob Ainsworth and Member of Parliament (MP) for Falkirk, resigned Thursday.

Afghanistan war escalation: The Nation seeks to “protect” the Obama administration from itself

By David Walsh, 3 September 2009

The war in Afghanistan is increasingly taking center stage in American political life. The Nation and other liberal elements continue to apologize for Barack Obama, who is now preparing a major escalation of the conflict.

US commander’s report paves way for military escalation in Afghanistan

By Tom Eley, 2 September 2009

A classified report issued by the US commander in Afghanistan, Gen. Stanley McChrystal, sets the stage for a major increase in US troop levels.

Gordon Brown reaffirms UK commitment to Afghan war

By Chris Marsden, 1 September 2009

British Prime Minister Gordon Brown reaffirmed the UK’s commitment to the war in Afghanistan in the face of mounting domestic opposition.

Obama’s AfPak war intensifies on both sides of border

By James Cogan, 29 August 2009

The number of US and NATO occupation troops killed in Afghanistan during 2009 reached 301 yesterday—already the highest annual toll of the eight-year war.

US fears mount over Afghan election travesty

By Barry Grey, 26 August 2009

A partial vote tally reported Tuesday by Afghanistan’s Independent Election Commission was overshadowed by mounting reports of pervasive vote-rigging, ballot-stuffing and intimidation of voters by various candidates and their respective ethnic warlord backers.

Obama administration uses Blackwater in drone killings

By Tom Eley, 22 August 2009

In spite of Blackwater’s well-established record of indiscriminate killings of Iraqi civilians, the Obama administration has retained its services in Afghanistan.

Washington praises Afghan election fiasco to justify war escalation

By Bill Van Auken, 22 August 2009

In an attempt to legitimize the escalation of a war opposed by the majority of the American people, the Obama administration, backed by the US media, has hailed Afghanistan’s August 20 election.

US presses Pakistan for offensive in South Waziristan

By K. Ratnayake, 22 August 2009

Washington sent its special envoy Richard Holbrook to Islamabad this week to pressure Pakistan into launching a major offensive in South Waziristan.

Britain: Government sued over illegal detentions in Afghanistan

By Julie Hyland, 22 August 2009

The legal charity Reprieve is suing the British government in connection with the illegal detention of two men held in Afghanistan.

Mass abstention and vote rigging in Afghanistan election

By Patrick O’Connor, 21 August 2009

Yesterday’s presidential election in Afghanistan featured massive abstention and blatant ballot rigging, underscoring the corrupt character of the exercise.

Obama pledges intensified war in Afghanistan and Pakistan

By Tom Eley, 18 August 2009

In a speech delivered Monday to the annual convention of the Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW), President Obama promised to intensify the US military engagement in Afghanistan and Pakistan.

US soldier sentenced to year in prison for refusing to fight in Afghanistan

By Hiram Lee, 18 August 2009

Sergeant Travis Bishop has been sentenced to one year in prison for refusing deployment to Afghanistan.

Violence sweeps northwest Pakistan in wake of Mehsud assassination

By James Cogan, 15 August 2009

The civil war between the US-backed government of President Asif Ali Zardari and Islamist and tribal militants is escalating in the wake of the assassination of Pakistani Taliban leader Baitullah Mehsud.

British Army chief says military may have 40-year Afghan role

By Harvey Thompson, 14 August 2009

The head of the British Army, General Sir David Richards, has said Britain could still be in Afghanistan in 40 years time.

The assassination of Baitullah Mehsud

By James Cogan, 8 August 2009

The American political establishment and the US media, along with Washington’s client government in Islamabad, are reveling in the reports that missiles launched from an unmanned US Predator drone on Wednesday killed Pakistani tribal leader Baitullah Mehsud.

Mounting popular opposition to the war in Afghanistan

By Stefan Steinberg and Barry Grey, 7 August 2009

In the face of mounting popular opposition to the slaughter in Afghanistan, the US and European governments are stepping up their intervention and making clear that the neo-colonial occupation is open-ended.

As US, NATO casualties mount

Pentagon to press for more troops in Afghan war

By Jerry White, 4 August 2009

After the deadliest month since the Afghan war began, US military commanders are planning to press for more troops in order to mount a counterinsurgency campaign in the Central Asian country.

Britain’s political elite and the Afghan war

By Chris Marsden, 30 July 2009

Recent opinion polls have confirmed the deep-seated and growing opposition to the Afghan war amongst the British public. But there is barely any expression of this to be found within official political circles or the media.

Britain’s propaganda offensive on behalf of Afghan war

By Chris Marsden, 28 July 2009

The speech by Foreign Secretary David Miliband at the NATO headquarters in Brussels makes clear that Britain intends to deepen its collaboration with the United States in Afghanistan.

What imperialist war produces

Iraq veterans charged with murder and other crimes

By David Walsh, 28 July 2009

The atrocities US troops are committing in Iraq and Afghanistan are transforming a section of returning veterans into a genuine menace to society. Ten members of one army unit alone have been charged with murder, attempted murder or manslaughter.

The German offensive in Afghanistan

By Ulrich Rippert, 27 July 2009

The German army has dramatically intensified its intervention in Afghanistan in the past few days, employing heavy weaponry for the first time.

An Afghan voice against the US-led occupation

By James Cogan, 25 July 2009

“The occupation forces are supporting the enemies of my people and it is better that they leave.”

The Hillary Clinton doctrine

By Bill Van Auken, 24 July 2009

US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s threat to arm the neighbors of Iran and target the country with nuclear missiles marks an escalation of US pressure on Tehran designed to influence the bitter internal struggle within the clerical regime.

US air strikes kill Afghan civilians

By Bill Van Auken, 18 July 2009

An attack by US warplanes left Afghan civilians dead and wounded, underscoring the grim human cost of the military escalation ordered by the Obama administration.

Crisis mounts over Afghanistan as UK troop deaths exceed Iraq total

By Harvey Thompson, 14 July 2009

The death of eight soldiers, three just 18 years old, in a 24 hour period brings total UK troop deaths in Afghanistan to 184, exceeding the 179 killed during the occupation of Iraq.

A war of colonial conquest in Afghanistan

By James Cogan, 10 July 2009

It is remarkable that even as the Obama administration has escalated the war, it has virtually dropped the original pretext that was used to justify it. What ever happened to Osama bin Laden?

Obama smoothes passage of war spending bill by pledging to suppress torture photos

By Tom Eley, 15 June 2009

House and Senate negotiators Friday reached agreement on a $106 billion bill funding the US wars in Iraq, Afghanistan and Pakistan through September after President Obama vowed to continue suppressing photos of US personnel torturing Iraqi prisoners.

New US commander in Afghanistan assembles team of assassins

By Bill Van Auken, 12 June 2009

Confirmed Wednesday as Obama’s new commander in Afghanistan, General Stanley McChrystal has been given extraordinary powers to assemble his own staff and is drawing heavily from a super-secret assassination squad formed under the Bush administration.

US reinforcements in place in southern Afghanistan

By James Cogan, 11 June 2009

The Obama administration’s “surge” in Afghanistan is taking shape, with 10,000 marines completing the commencement of their deployment to the volatile province of Helmand over the next several weeks.

US proxy war continues in north-west Pakistan

By James Cogan, 5 June 2009

As part of completing the transformation of Afghanistan into a US client-state, Obama is demanding that the Pakistani government suppress the local Islamist movements that lend support to the Afghan resistance over the border.

Democrats back US militarism

Senate approves $91 billion for wars in Iraq and Afghanistan

By Patrick Martin, 25 May 2009

By a margin of 86-3, the US Senate voted Thursday to approve a $91.3 billion supplemental funding bill to finance the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan through September 30. The bill brings the total expended on the two wars of aggression to more than $900 billion.

Two million rendered refugees by fighting in Pakistan

By Vilani Peiris, 25 May 2009

The Pakistan military offensive against pro-Taliban militia in the country’s North-West Frontier Province has produced a massive humanitarian crisis. More than one-and-a-half million people have fled their homes. The fighting and resulting exodus of Pashtuns from the NWFP is also exacerbating national-ethnic tensions in Pakistan.

Obama’s AfPak war engulfs Pakistan’s Swat Valley

By James Cogan, 23 May 2009

The Pakistani military assault into Buner, Lower Dir and the Swat Valley has rapidly degenerated into the savage collective punishment of entire Pashtun communities.

US military denies atrocity in Afghanistan’s Farah province

By David Walsh, 21 May 2009

On Wednesday the American military released the findings of its interim investigation into the mass killing of civilians in Afghanistan’s Farah province May 4. It was a whitewash.

After Afghan massacre, Washington says airstrikes will go on

By Bill Van Auken, 12 May 2009

In the wake of last week’s massacre of some 150 civilians in western Afghanistan, President Hamid Karzai demanded an end to deadly US airstrikes. US National Security Adviser James Jones responded that the bombings will go on.

Canada’s Prime Minister inspects neocolonial occupation force in Afghanistan

By Graham Beverley, 12 May 2009

Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper visited the Canadian Armed Forces’ base in Kandahar and other CAF positions in southern Afghanistan for ten hours last Thursday.

Letters from our readers

9 May 2009

A selection or recent letters sent to the World Socialist Web Site

US airstrikes kill scores of civilians in Afghanistan

By Bill Van Auken, 6 May 2009

On the eve of a tripartite summit between the US, Afghan and Pakistani presidents in Washington, US air strikes in western Afghanistan killed scores of civilians in one of the worst atrocities in the seven-and-a-half-year-old war.

What is the United States preparing in Pakistan?

By Keith Jones, 5 May 2009

The US political and military establishment and the American media have been mounting an increasingly shrill campaign to bully Islamabad into fully complying with US diktats in what Washington has redefined as the AfPak war theater.

Obama administration seeks extraordinary military powers in Pakistan

By Bill Van Auken, 2 May 2009

The Obama administration is demanding that the military be given a free hand in directing the escalating US intervention in Pakistan, rejecting congressional conditions or civilian control over billions of dollars in military aid to Islamabad.

Australian Labor government escalates military involvement in Afghanistan

By James Cogan, 2 May 2009

The Rudd Labor government announced on Wednesday a significant expansion of Australia’s military commitment to the US-led occupation of Afghanistan.

Spain: Zapatero government sends more troops to Afghanistan

By Paul Stuart and Paul Mitchell, 2 May 2009

Last month, Spain became the first European country to increase its military mission in Afghanistan.

Pakistan: Tens of thousands displaced by US-ordered offensive

By Keith Jones, 30 April 2009

Tens of thousands of Pashtun-speaking villagers have been forced to flee from their homes in recent days as the result of the punishing offensive the Pakistani military has mounted, at Washington’s urging, against pro-Taliban militants in the country’s North-West Frontier Province.

Obama moves to block court access for detainees in Afghanistan

By Tom Eley, 14 April 2009

Last week the Obama administration appealed a district court decision that would have allowed a small number of prisoners at the Bagram Air Base prison in Afghanistan the right to appeal their detention in US courts.

Obama seeks $83.4 billion to continue US wars

By Bill Van Auken, 11 April 2009

With his request for $83.4 billion in “emergency” funding for the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, Obama is ensuring their continuation and escalation, as well as the extension of US military aggression into Pakistan and possibly elsewhere.

Pentagon budget envisions a series of Iraq-style wars

By Patrick Martin, 9 April 2009

US Secretary of Defense Robert Gates has unveiled the biggest military budget in world history, in anticipation of an endless series of Iraq and Afghanistan-style wars by American imperialism.

Court rules detainees in Afghanistan can challenge imprisonment

By Bill Van Auken, 4 April 2009

In a rebuke to the Bush and Obama administrations’ bid to hold so-called enemy combatants indefinitely without charges or trials, a federal judge has ruled that three detainees at a US prison in Afghanistan have the right to challenge their detention in court.

US commander seeks 10,000 more troops for Afghanistan

By Patrick Martin, 2 April 2009

The top US military commander in Afghanistan, Lt. Gen. David McKiernan, has formally requested the deployment of an additional 10,000 US combat troops for the increasingly bloody war in the Central Asian country.

Obama announces escalation of war in Afghanistan, Pakistan

By Alex Lantier, 28 March 2009

The policy announced by President Obama represents a massive increase in military violence not only in Afghanistan, but also in Pakistan.

US prepares new escalation of Afghanistan intervention

By Patrick Martin, 24 March 2009

The chief official overseeing US policy in Afghanistan and Pakistan arrived in Brussels Monday to brief NATO representatives on the Obama administration plans for the region amid press reports that the US intends to push aside Afghan President Hamid Karzai.

Growing hostility in US to Afghanistan war

By Tom Eley, 19 March 2009

A recent USA Today/Gallup poll shows that more than 40 percent of Americans believe the war in Afghanistan was a mistake—in spite of relentless efforts to promote it as “the good war.”

Washington in conflict with Afghan president over early poll

By James Cogan, 2 March 2009

In the midst of a deteriorating security situation, Karzai’s decision to call an early election has been met with open opposition from the Obama administration and exposed the rift that exists between the White House and the US client state in Kabul.

Obama’s Afghan “surge” sows seeds of new wars

24 February 2009

The Obama administration’s Afghan troop “surge” adds a new, explosive dynamic to the decades-old geopolitical rivalry between India and Pakistan and will intensify the great power competition for control of oil-rich Central Asia, sowing the seeds for even larger and more destructive wars.

Obama orders 17,000 more troops to Afghanistan

By Barry Grey, 19 February 2009

In a brief written statement issued by the White House, President Obama signaled that the escalation in Afghanistan would be combined with an intensified military intervention across the border in Pakistan.

Two US missile strikes in Pakistan in three days kill more than 60

By Barry Grey, 17 February 2009

The two missile strikes, bringing the number since Obama took office to four, were a clear signal that the new administration intends to escalate the US military intervention in Pakistan.

French President Sarkozy visits Baghdad

By Alex Lantier, 14 February 2009

Highlighting President Nicolas Sarkozy’s backing for the US-led occupations of Iraq and Afghanistan, his trip to the Middle East managed to focus opposition to his foreign policy within the French public and political establishment.

Afghanistan: Attacks in Kabul expose US occupation’s deepening crisis

By Bill Van Auken, 12 February 2009

Wednesday’s attacks on government ministries in the heart of Kabul underscore the mounting resistance to the occupation of Afghanistan, just as Washington prepares to escalate its intervention in the country and extend it further into Pakistan.

Obama’s new foreign policy team prepares escalated bloodletting in Afghanistan and Pakistan

By Patrick Martin, 24 January 2009

President Obama and his new secretary of state, Hillary Clinton, have selected former UN Ambassador Richard Holbrooke, one of Washington’s most ruthless political thugs, to spearhead expanded intervention in Afghanistan and more widely in south and central Asia.

British defence secretary prepares escalation in Afghanistan

By Harvey Thompson, 21 January 2009

Britain’s defence secretary John Hutton delivered the UK government’s sharpest public criticism of its European NATO allies and called for an increase in troop deployment to the most dangerous parts of Afghanistan.

More civilian casualties in Afghanistan

By James Cogan, 20 January 2009

The first week of 2009 saw at least three incidents in which occupation forces stand accused of killing or injuring Afghan civilians during operations against the Taliban-led insurgency.

US “surge” in Afghanistan threatens wider war

6 January 2009

In an ominous move posing the threat of wider war, the US plans to create new supply lines to Afghanistan in preparation for a doubling of its occupation forces under the Obama administration.

Canada’s ‘newspaper of record’ calls for Canada to wage Afghan war beyond 2011

By John Mackay, 31 December 2008

The Globe and Mail is mounting a campaign for the country’s political elite to once again defy public sentiment and extend the Canadian Armed Forces’ intervention in Afghanistan beyond the current deadline of December 2011.

US looks for other Afghan supply routes

By James Cogan, 24 December 2008

US supplies into Afghanistan are under threat due to the expansion of the Taliban insurgency and the growth of Islamist activity inside Pakistan.

Britain: Brown announces pull-out from Iraq, more troops to Afghanistan

By Harvey Thompson and Julie Hyland, 18 December 2008

Prime Minister Gordon Brown made a “surprise” visit to Iraq yesterday, to announce a withdrawal of UK forces by July 2009.

Insurgent attacks on NATO trucks highlight US military crisis in Afghanistan

By Barry Grey, 9 December 2008

A series of attacks on US and NATO military equipment depots in the northwestern Pakistani city of Peshawar have underscored the increasingly dire security situation facing American and allied forces conducting the counterinsurgency war in neighboring Afghanistan.

Afghanistan: A rise in civilian deaths and foreign troop fatalities

By Harvey Thompson, 6 December 2008

Conservative estimates put the numbers of Afghans killed in violence related to the occupation in 2008 at around 4,000. Over 1,000 service personnel have now been killed in Afghanistan, the majority being US soldiers.