DoD U.S. Military Casualties in Afghanistan as of 28 October 2011

Another month has passed in the War on Terror in Afghanistan and another seven U.S. soldiers have paid the ultimate price.  Six were killed in action, while one was due to what is called other causes.  This week another 77 soldiers were wounded in action (WIA).

Early this morning there were reports that there were two deadly insurgent attacks in Afghanistan.  In one of the attacks two servicemen were killed, while there may have been some U.S. casualties in an attack on a convoy in another.

Meanwhile preparations are underway in Iraq to move U.S. military equipment back to the United States.  President Obama announced that the war in Iraq is over and those soldiers, approximately 44,000, would be home by the holidays.   The casualty toll for Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation New Dawn is has been high with 4485 total deaths in Iraq.  32,219 have been wounded.  There is still major concern in Iraq that the Baath party may try to topple the government.

After the capture of Muammed Gaddafi the Libyan National Transitional Council (NTC) has declared Libya liberated, but has also requested that NATO continue the “no fly zone” until the end of the year.  The United Nations, however, ended the mandate unanimously this week and NATO declared that it would end the mission on October 31st.  There were fears by the NTC that without NATO support Gaddafi loyalist may attempt to retake power.

In political news, President Obama and the First Lady are campaigning for re-election and the President has rolled out a series of executive actions under the banner “We can’t wait for Congress”.  The White house touts that these actions will create jobs.  There was moderate growth in the U.S. economy of 2.5%, but the job rate remained unchanged at 9.1%.

Operation Fast and Furious continues to remain in the headlines and Attorney General Eric Holder has agreed to testify again.  Meanwhile Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano took flag for apparently not discussing the gun running operation with Eric Holder, even after one of her border agents was killed with a weapon linked to the operation.  Hillary Clinton claimed that she learned of the operation in the press.  There seems to be selective memory in the Administration or total incompetence.    This week the White House also announced that an investigation had been ordered into the Solyndra debacle.

No clear frontrunner has emerged in the GOP candidate field, although Herman Cain is leading most polls by 4 points over Mitt Romney.  Herman Cain’s simple approach and 9-9-9 tax plan seems to be resonating with voters.  His smoking add made the headlines this week.  Of course because of the smoking controversy, the ad gets free play everywhere.  Cain’s apparent front runner status, although in a statistical tie, has made him a target in the Liberal press.

The Occupy Wall Street Movement has turned violent this week, especially in Oakland, where the mayor apologized to the movement, throwing her police department under bus.  Moveon.org is featuring an ad to stop police brutality.

European have reached a deal that, for the moment, has eased fears of investors, to prevent a default by Greece, Italy, Spain and Portugal.  German Chancellor Angela Merkel convinced the German Bundestag to support her plan and then went on to sell it to her European partners.  If it resolves the crisis remains to be seen.

Afghanistan still continues to be a dangerous place and US soldiers pay the price daily.  Take a moment this week to remember our heroes.  Even if the main stream media keeps Afghanistan out of the headlines, the battle continues daily.  Lest we forget.

Op Enduring Freedom           Total Deaths   KIA   Non Hostile        WIA

Afghanistan Only                                   1707               1425         282                   14611

Other Locations                                       102                    12           90

DoD Civ Casualties                                      3                       1             2

Worldwide Total                                     1812               1438         374                   14611

Accumulated 2011 Casualties

KIA     Non Combat Deaths         WIA

328                  81                                   4495

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Karl Gotthardt - Politisite Managing Editor Maj. Gotthardt is a Retired Military Officer with 35 years service in the Canadian Armed Forces. He spent most of his time in the Military in Infantry Battalions. Karl took part in training for Afghanistan as an Operator Analyst with the Canadian Maneouvre Training Centre. Karl is a qualified military parachutist and military free fall parachutist. He earned his U.S. Master Jump Wings in Fort Benning, Georgia. Karl enjoys working with horses for the last 24 year. He owns six. He has experience in breeding, training and of course riding.Karl was born in Germany and is fluent in both English and German and he speaks enough French to "get in trouble". Karl has written or writes at NowPublic, All Voices, Tek Journalism and many others.

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