Afghanistan and Iraq, July 2010

It’s time to exhale. President Obama’s speech today closed the door on the possibility that the withdrawal from Iraq would be postponed. I’ve been half expecting some violent incident or request from the Iraqi government to upset the schedule, but I don’t see how that could happen now.

There will still be casualties among the remaining troops, but with the combat mission officially closed at the end of the month, I think August’s figures will be the last I present from Iraq.

Afghanistan is another story. For the second month in a row, we’ve seen a record number of US military deaths.

Total US military deaths in Afghanistan passed the 1200 mark in July and coalition military deaths will almost certainly pass 2000 in August.