DoD U.S. Military Casualties in Afghanistan as of 3 February 2012

As the United States and NATO are actively pursuing an end to the war in Afghanistan and an end of combat operations in 2013, soldiers are still being killed in the war torn country.   Hamid Karzai is pursuing direct talks with Taliban leaders.  What is not clear, is whether the Taliban top leadership is involved in the peace talk pursuit.

The U.S. Administration is deliberating on moving up to five Gitmo detainees to a prison in Qatar as a gesture of good will.   The danger with all these announcements by the United States and NATO is that the Taliban has been handed a timetable and just has to wait for the departure of NATO in 2014.   There is also serious concern that Afghan Security Forces are capable to conduct operations against insurgents.  Knowing the history of Afghanistan, it is hard to fathom that the Taliban would be satisfied with

power sharing.

The Middle East is a time ticker, waiting to go off.  With the violence in Syria and the United Nations inability to act because of vetoes by Russia and China, it seems that the hands of Western nations are tied.   Iran has also shown total disrespect for the global community.  George W. Bush, called the United Nations a “debating society” and this seems to be exactly what is happening.  The UN Security Council is dysfunctional with the ability of any permanent member to veto any resolutions.  The world looks on as people get massacred in Syria and Iran develops a nuclear weapon.  Israel feels threatened and perhaps feels that it has been left to its own vices.   Israel may be forced to

strike Iran to prevent it from having nuclear weapons.  If it happens the world will, no doubt, condemn Israel.  Can you blame Israel though?

According to the Department of Defense latest report on U.S. casualties in Afghanistan, three more soldiers were killed in action and 28 wounded soldiers.  As you celebrate on this Superbowl weekend, remember those that are in the front lines and will not be watching the Superbowl.  Advertisers spend millions on 30 second spots, while wounded warriors are suffering throughout the U.S.  Take a moment this week to remember those that are covering the front lines for America,  Lest We Forget.

Below are this week’s updated DoD casualty figures:

Op Enduring Freedom           Total Deaths   KIA   Non Hostile        WIA

Afghanistan Only                                   1779                1479          295                   15310

Other Locations                                       102                    12           90

DoD Civ Casualties                                      3                       1              2

Worldwide Total                                     1879               1492         387                   15310

Accumulated 2012 Casualties:

KIA     Non Combat Deaths         WIA

16                          23                               153

About the Author

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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