[News] 150,000 Dead in Afghanistan and Pakistan in US Invasions

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150,000 Dead in Afghanistan and Pakistan in US Invasions U.S. Army 
soldiers from the 2nd Platoon, B battery 2-8 field artillery, fire a 
howitzer artillery piece at Seprwan Ghar forward fire base in Panjwai 
district, Kandahar province, southern Afghanistan, June 12, 2011. U.S. 
Army soldiers from the 2nd Platoon, B battery 2-8 field artillery, fire 
a howitzer artillery piece at Seprwan Ghar forward fire base in Panjwai 
district, Kandahar province, southern Afghanistan, June 12, 2011. | 
Photo: Reuters Previous Next Published 2 June 2015 (11 hours 51 minutes 
ago) 0 Coments + We Recommend The study says 150,000 were killed and 
160,000 were injured in Afghanistan and Pakistan since the 2001 United 
States-led invasion. More than 150,000 people have died in Afghanistan 
and Pakistan since the 2001 United States-led invasion in Afghanistan, a 
new study claims. U.S.-based Brown University “Cost of War” includes 
soldiers and civilians deaths but the study stressed that most of those 
fallen had been civilians, amounting to more than 26,000 civilians in 
Afghanistan, and more than 21,000 civilians in Pakistan. The study adds 
that the situation continues to worsen in both countries, with more 
intensity in Afghanistan as reported deaths have been increasing in 
recent years. The U.S. has also recently decided to slow its retreat 
from war-torn Afghanistan, something the study claims will aggravate the 
situation and increase the casualties as militant groups like Taliban, 
which ruled Afghanistan prior to the U.S. invasion, are pushing for a 
takeover from the pro-U.S. government. The U.S. announcement it is 
slowing its troop withdrawal, “underscores the fact that the war in 
Afghanistan is not ending. It is getting worse,” said the study. The 
study also said that another 162,000 people have been wounded since the 
U.S. invasion that toppled the extreme Sunni group Taliban, which aided 
and sheltered al-Qaida and its leader, Osama bin laden for years. In 
order to collect the data for all categories of direct casualties 
including soldiers, civilians, journalists and aid workers and other 
civilians, the study used sources ranging from the U.S. government to 
the United Nations aid mission in Afghanistan to data bases of NGOs and 
think tanks. However, the author of the report Neta Crawford said 
studies on wars since the 1990s suggest an “extremely crude rule of 
thumb” that for every person who dies a direct death in war, three to 15 
die indirectly. She also said that the conflicts in Afghanistan and 
Pakistan were closely connected as the anti-Taliban invasion had 
intensified the situation in neighboring Pakistan, which has its own 
factions of Taliban and al-Qaida. "It is important for policy makers and 
others to view the effects and implications of these wars together, 
because they are so interconnected," said Crawford.

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*150,000 Dead in Afghanistan and Pakistan in US Invasions *

2 June 2015
*http://www.telesurtv.net/english/news/150000-Dead-in-Afghanistan-and-Pakistan-in-US-Invasions-20150602-0048.html*

The study says 150,000 were killed and 160,000 were injured in 
Afghanistan and Pakistan since the 2001 United States-led invasion.

More than 150,000 people have died in Afghanistan and Pakistan since the 
2001 United States-led invasion in Afghanistan, a new study claims. 
U.S.-based Brown University “Cost of War” includes soldiers and 
civilians deaths but the study stressed that most of those fallen had 
been civilians, amounting to more than 26,000 civilians in Afghanistan, 
and more than 21,000 civilians in Pakistan.

The study adds that the situation continues to worsen in both countries, 
with more intensity in Afghanistan as reported deaths have been 
increasing in recent years.

The U.S. has also recently decided to slow its retreat from war-torn 
Afghanistan, something the study claims will aggravate the situation and 
increase the casualties as militant groups like Taliban, which ruled 
Afghanistan prior to the U.S. invasion, are pushing for a takeover from 
the pro-U.S. government.

The U.S. announcement it is slowing its troop withdrawal, “underscores 
the fact that the war in Afghanistan is not ending. It is getting 
worse,” said the study. The study also said that another 162,000 people 
have been wounded since the U.S. invasion that toppled the extreme Sunni 
group Taliban, which aided and sheltered al-Qaida and its leader, Osama 
bin laden for years.

In order to collect the data for all categories of direct casualties 
including soldiers, civilians, journalists and aid workers and other 
civilians, the study used sources ranging from the U.S. government to 
the United Nations aid mission in Afghanistan to data bases of NGOs and 
think tanks. However, the author of the report Neta Crawford said 
studies on wars since the 1990s suggest an “extremely crude rule of 
thumb” that for every person who dies a direct death in war, three to 15 
die indirectly. She also said that the conflicts in Afghanistan and 
Pakistan were closely connected as the anti-Taliban invasion had 
intensified the situation in neighboring Pakistan, which has its own 
factions of Taliban and al-Qaida.

"It is important for policy makers and others to view the effects and 
implications of these wars together, because they are so 
interconnected," said Crawford.

This content was originally published by teleSUR at the following address:

http://www.telesurtv.net/english/news/150000-Dead-in-Afghanistan-and-Pakistan-in-US-Invasions-20150602-0048.html

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