2007 War Escalation Brings Most Deaths Ever to Afghanistan

January 14, 2008

According to an Associated Press (AP) report released in late 2007, over 6,500 people were killed in Afghanistan in 2007. This count is the highest of any year since the U.S. invasion of Afghanistan in 2001. The count is bound to be low as it was obtained from Western and Afghan officials.

This tragedy is the result of the U.S. escalation of the brutal war and troop surge. In 2007, U.S. troop presence increased by 4,000 bringing it to a total of over 26,000.

An additional 26,000 NATO troops under U.S. command occupy the country, making the total number of foreign troops in Afghanistan more than 52,000. The numbers of armed occupation forces under U.S. command is much higher than these figures reveal. As in Iraq, the Pentagon is employing private military contractors in Afghanistan. In addition, there is a current total of 70,000 Afghan police, and U.S.-NATO occupation forces plan to step up training efforts during 2008.

According to the AP, in just the first 6 months of 2007, the U.S. and NATO carried out more than 1,000 airstrikes in Afghanistan. The savageness of the U.S.-NATO offensives have been so severe that even the U.S. puppet President Hamid Karzai had to protest, "Our innocent people are becoming victims of careless operations of NATO and international forces."