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Resisting the Push to War in Afghanistan and Pakistan


October 7, 2009
National Priorities & Tom Hayden & Rep. Barbara Lee

The Obama Administration is in the process of preparing a set of benchmarks which will be used to gauge the progress of US military and civilian operations in Afghanistan. It has been widely reported that as a result of this assessment, Gen. McChrystal may request that as many as 45,000 additional US troops be sent to Afghanistan.

http://www.nationalpriorities.org/2009/09/02/quick-facts-US-military-operations-Afghanistan

Fact Sheet:
Quick Facts About US Military Operations in Afghanistan

National Priorities.org

The Obama Administration is in the process of preparing a set of benchmarks which will be used to gauge the progress of US military and civilian operations in Afghanistan. Ordered by Congress, the benchmarks are due by September 24. In addition, Gen. Stanley McChrystal, commander of US and NATO forces in Afghanistan, has just released an interim assessment of the situation in the region. It has been widely reported that as a result of this assessment, Gen. McChrystal may request that as many as 45,000 additional US troops be sent to Afghanistan.

The following are quick facts about the US commitment to Afghanistan to date. We hope they are useful to you to you as you follow this issue.

US Troop Levels in Afghanistan
Fiscal Year Troops
2001 N/A
2002 5,200
2003 10,400
2004 15,200
2005 19,100
2006 20,400
2007 23,700
2008 30,100
2009 50,700*

* Current Troop Levels - There are roughly 62,000 US troops currently in Afghanistan. This number is expected to grow to at least 68,000 by December. [Gates Says Additional Local Forces May Be Needed In Afghan War, Bloomberg News, September 1, 2009.]

NOTE: The Defense Department reports troop levels involved in military operations in several ways. The figures shown here are taken from the Pentagon's Boots on the Ground (BOG) reports to Congress. They reflect only personnel located in Afghanistan and do NOT include other personnel deployed as part of Operation Enduring Freedom, such as those providing logistical support in neighboring countries,

Source: Troop Levels in the Afghan and Iraq Wars, FY2001-FY2012: Cost and Other Potential Issues,Congressional Research Service Report R40682, July 2, 2009
http://www.fas.org/sgp/crs/natsec/R40682.pdf

Annual Funding for US Combat Operations in Afghanistan
Fiscal Year $ in Billions
2001 N/A
2002* 20.8
2003 14.7
2004 14.5
2005 20
2006 19
2007 36.9
2008 42.1
2009 60.2
TOTAL 228.2

NOTE: 2002 figure includes both FY 2001 and 2002 funding. The source gave only the total and did not break out funding for each year.

Source: The Cost of Iraq, Afghanistan, and Other Global War on Terror Operations Since 9/11,
Congressional Research Service Report RL33110, May 15, 2009
http://www.fas.org/sgp/crs/natsec/RL33110.pdf

US Military Fatalities in Afghanistan
Year US Fatalities
2001 12
2002 49
2003 48
2004 52
2005 99
2006 98
2007 117
2008 155
2009 239*
TOTAL 813

*NOTE: As of October 6, 2009
Source: Icasualties at http://icasualties.org

NPP's Cost of War Counter See NPP's Afghanistan Cost of War Counter (http://www.costofwar.com/) and calculate the cost of the war to your state (and in many cases your city or town).

Additional Resources

• Civilian Casualties the Human Rights Unit of United Nations Assistance Mission to Afghanistan publishes an Annual Report on the Protection of Civilians in Armed Conflict in Afghanistan, which is updated every six months. Their website is http://unama.unmissions.org/Default.aspx?tabid=1816

• Additional casualty data, plus Background information on Afghanistan can be found in The Cost of War in Afghanistan, published jointly by NPP and the American Friends Service Committee. It can be found at: www.nationalpriorities.org/auxiliary/costofwar/cost_of_war_afghanistan.pdf



Resisting the Push for War
Tom Hayden

(October 6, 2009) — In response to the growing antiwar movement, Rep. Barbara Lee has introduced HR 3699, legislation to refuse funding for any troop escalation in Afghanistan. [See below for complete text of HR 3699.]

Over six thousand activists have signed the petition demanding an exit strategy from Afghanistan, the numbers continuing to rise.
Please sign, circulate and use the petition to organize:
http://www.gopetition.com/online/30533.html

Administration officials are holding closed meetings to debate how to respond to the crisis in Afghanistan and the increasing poll numbers against the war. They are likely to take a new approach to the failed regime in Kabul and a bold move to shore up Congressional support to extend the war for now.

Meanwhile American troop casualties continue to mount at a record rate. According to Pentagon information, 40 American troops were killed in September and seven more in the first two days of October. Those numbers are consistent with the escalating toll of this summer's surge, with 45 killed in July and 51 in August, in addition to 771 Americans wounded in the same three month period, the deadliest by far of the eight-year war.

By comparison, only six Americans were killed during April of this year. Total American deaths since 2001 are estimated to be 859 for Afghanistan, a number that might reach 1,000 by the end of this year.

• For updates on costs and casualties, go to http://www.nationalpriorities.org/2009/09/02/quick-facts-US-military-operations-Afghanistan and
• http://www.nationalpriorities.org/tradeoffs?location_type=1&state=6&program=577&submit_tradeoffs=from_costofwar™


HR 3699
To prohibit any increase in the number of members of the United States Armed Forces serving in Afghanistan. (Introduced in House)


111th CONGRESS
1st Session
H. R. 3699

To prohibit any increase in the number of members of the United States Armed Forces serving in Afghanistan.

IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES
October 1, 2009

Ms. LEE of California (for herself, Ms. WOOLSEY, Mr. MCGOVERN, Ms. WATERS, Mr. CONYERS, Mr. ELLISON, Mr. LEWIS of Georgia, Ms. WATSON, Mr. TOWNS, Mr. CLEAVER, Ms. JACKSON-LEE of Texas, Mr. COHEN, Mr. HONDA, Mr. GRIJALVA, Mr. MCDERMOTT, Mr. STARK, Mr. HINCHEY, Mr. KUCINICH, Ms. EDWARDS of Maryland, Ms. CLARKE, Mr. FILNER, and Mr. GRAYSON) introduced the following bill; which was referred to the Committee on Armed Services

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To prohibit any increase in the number of members of the United States Armed Forces serving in Afghanistan.

Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled,

SECTION 1. PROHIBITION ON INCREASE IN NUMBER OF MEMBERS OF THE UNITED STATES ARMED FORCES SERVING IN AFGHANISTAN.

No funds appropriated or otherwise made available under any provision of law may be obligated or expended to increase the number of members of the United States Armed Forces serving in Afghanistan so that the number of members serving in Afghanistan exceeds the number so serving on the date of the enactment of this Act.

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