Afghanistan, December 2012

A significant drop in the casualty rate over the past few months allowed 2012 to end with the US military death total in Afghanistan still under 2,200, something I wouldn’t have expected back in the summer.

Afghanistan, December 2102

Coincidentally, 2,200 is also number of coalition military deaths since the start of 2009—over twice the number of deaths in the 7+ previous years of the war. With no evidence that Afghanistan is any more stable or safe than it was in 2008.