Skip to comments.For U.S., jump in combat injuries
Posted on 10/30/2009 7:38:21 PM PDT by Saije
More than 1,000 American troops have been wounded in battle over the past three months in Afghanistan, accounting for one-fourth of all those injured in combat since the U.S.-led invasion in 2001.
The dramatic increase has filled military hospitals with more amputees and other seriously injured service members and comes as October marks the deadliest month for American troops in Afghanistan.
Expanded military operations, a near-doubling of the number of troops since the beginning of the year and a Taliban offensive that has included a proliferation of roadside bombings have led to the great increase in casualties. U.S. troops in Afghanistan are suffering wounds at a higher rate than those who were serving in Iraq when violence spiraled during the military "surge" two years ago. In mid-2007, 600 American troops were wounded in Iraq each month out of the about 150,000 troops deployed there. In Afghanistan, about 68,000 troops are currently installed, with about 350 wounded each month recently.
Pentagon press secretary Geoff Morrell acknowledged that the casualties in Afghanistan have surpassed Iraq surge proportions and noted that the violence in Afghanistan is directed more against U.S. and other coalition forces, whereas it was heavily sectarian in Iraq. "It shows you how we are the targets and how effectively they are targeting us," Morrell said.
He noted that...Gates has become concerned about the rising number of wounded and has ordered thousands of additional support troops to Afghanistan to look for and minimize the number of roadside bombs.
Military doctors say the nature of the Afghanistan casualties is reminiscent of those in Iraq in 2007. "We're seeing similar types of injuries from Afghanistan that we saw in Iraq" before and during the surge, said Lt. Col. Shelton Davis, chief of physical medicine at Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Washington.
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Could it be 0bama's new Rules Of Engagement ?
“These men and women deserve better than what they’re getting from this Administration, and maybe from the rest of us as well.”
Well, I can’t call in a napalm strike, so what do you suggest?
“And what would you do?”
I don’t have the answer to that. I don’t know how we can make Obama commit to winning this war. There’s really nothing to stop him from dithering indefinitely while he talks about how seriously he takes this and how he’s going to be careful and deliberate and think about various plans and consult with everyone and maybe send in a few more soldiers here or there. So far it hasn’t really hurt him. He can keep blaming Bush and it may be that enough Americans will be satisfied with that.
Well, I cant call in a napalm strike, so what do you suggest?
Mr.Spooky would be my first choice,,,
Bad weather ?,,,Arty...;0)
U.S. troops in Afghanistan are suffering wounds at a higher rate than those who were serving in Iraq when violence spiraled during the military “surge” two years ago. In mid-2007, 600 American troops were wounded in Iraq each month out of the about 150,000 troops deployed there. In Afghanistan, about 68,000 troops are currently installed, with about 350 wounded each month recently.
I said this a long time ago and anyone with good math knows it too.
Heck, obambi sees all these dead and wounded as his enemies ....white conservative CHRISTIAN, obambi will likely do something now to increase our casualties by putting US on the Defensive only.....that coupled with his and stanley MCCoocoo’s Rules of Engagement will be reason enough to more than ever, clearly show obambi as a traitor.