Posts tagged ‘iraq’

Afghanistan, February 2013

I was busy at work at the beginning of the month, when I normally do this post, and when I came up for air I forgot to go back and fill in. I was going to just wait until the start of next month, but then I realized there was an important anniversary this month,…


Iraq and Afghanistan, December 2011

So I guess we really are done in Iraq. Nearly 4,500 US military lives lost, over 300 more from our coalition partners. And to what end? We invaded a country that had not attacked us and deposed a leader who was no threat to us or our allies. We made ourselves look foolish, dishonest, and…


Afghanistan and Iraq, November 2011

I’ve been derelict with these posts the past few months, and the news has generally been good. After a really bad August, the US and coalition military deaths in Afghanistan have gone down considerably. And Iraq is about where it’s been for the past year or two. We will, in theory, be out of Iraq…


Afghanistan and Iraq, August 2011

When I first saw the data, I assumed there was something wrong, a missing entry. But no, August was the first month to have no US or coalition military casualties in Iraq. Somehow this doesn’t balance the horrible August in Afghanistan. In a weird antisymmetry, August had the greatest number of US military casualties since…


Afghanistan and Iraq, July 2011

This morning’s bad news from Afghanistan isn’t included in this graph. The August graph will look substantially worse. There have now been more than 1700 US military deaths in Afghanistan, and it seems unlikely that troop withdrawals will go fast enough to keep the total under 2000. After a shocking jump up in June, Iraq…


Afghanistan and Iraq, June 2011

Increases in military deaths last month in both Afghanistan, and Iraq. About half the deaths in Iraq came from two rocket attacks, one early in the month and one late. This is a worrying development. If you look back through that list of deaths in Iraq, you’ll see that many of the deaths before June…


Afghanistan and Iraq, May 2011

The good news is that military deaths in Iraq went back down after a curious and troubling jump in April. And the increasing trend in Afghanistan took a break in May, at least for US troops. The bad news is that coalition military deaths in Afghanistan have worked their way back up to where they…


Afghanistan and Iraq, April 2011

The (decidedly non-US) casualty everyone is talking about isn’t in these charts, but here they are anyway. A disturbing upward trend in casualties in Afghanistan, and an unfortunate sudden increase in Iraq. I don’t think the killing of Osama bin Laden will lead to serious troop withdrawals in Afghanistan, but I can hope. And if…


Afghanistan and Iraq, March 2011

I really don’t want to start making plots like these for Libya. Also, I was swamped with work last month and missed a lot of news. Was there any mention that we’ve passed 1500 US military deaths in Afghanistan?


Afghanistan and Iraq, February 2011

US military deaths in Iraq went back down after the jump in January. Afghanistan was a mixed bag: US deaths went down again, but overall coalition deaths went up. The general downward trend for the past few months is encouraging, but the past two years have seen a spike in late spring/early summer, so it’s…