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The numbers in Afghanistan

By World on The Run

USA Today – Too often, America’s longest war is simplified into numbers. Twenty years. Hundreds of thousands of U.S. troops deployed. At least $2.26 trillion spent. The most important numbers, however, reflect the Afghanistan War’s toll in lives.

At least 2,443 American service members have died in operations Enduring Freedom and Freedom’s Sentinel. More than 3,800 U.S. contractors and Defense Department civilians have been killed. At least 47,000 Afghan citizens, and about 66,000 Afghan military and police members, died, as well as 1,144 allied troops. Even more staggering are the numbers of American warriors who returned home with injuries both seen and unseen. Over 30,000 active duty personnel and war veterans of post-9/11 conflicts are estimated to have died by suicide./

Frightening statistics gathered at USA today


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