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Iraq & Afghanistan Update/ Feb 23
Posted by The Agonist on February 23rd, 2010

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Toll of US dead in Afghan war hits 1,000

The number of US soldiers who have died in the Afghan war has reached 1,000, according to website, a grim milestone in the conflict launched more than eight years ago.

The independent website, which tracks military deaths in Afghanistan and Iraq, said 54 US soldiers have died in the war so far this year, compared with a toll of 316 last year — the worst since the US-led invasion of 2001.

The top-ranking US military officer, Admiral Mike Mullen, warned of more casualties as US-led forces press an offensive in Marjah, a key Taliban stronghold, where foreign troops have faced strong militant resistance.

“We must steel ourselves, no matter how successful we are on any given day, for harder days yet to come,” he told reporters.

** 33 Civilians Killed by NATO Airstrike in Afghanistan ~ Newshoggers
** U.S. Special Operations Ordered Deadly Afghan Strike
** Marja Battle Just a Confidence Booster – But Not for Afghan Civilians ~ FDL
** A Kinder, Gentler, Taliban? ~ Newshoggers
** Taliban fighters hinder offensive ~ duh! and Mullen is an ass
** Another Taliban leader captured in Pakistan
** Rethink Afghanistan

Top U.S. commander braces for delay in leaving Iraq

The top U.S. commander in Iraq said Monday that the planned withdrawal of all U.S. combat forces by the end of August could be delayed if conditions worsen in the coming months as Iraqis choose a new government.

Army Gen. Ray Odierno said his staff had drawn up contingency plans for a delayed withdrawal that he has shared with Pentagon leaders and other U.S. officials during a visit to Washington over the past week. He said he was prepared to make the changes “if we run into problems” but added he was optimistic that would not be necessary. A few more items on Odierno here and here

** Spike in Iraq Violence as Vote Nears
** Reports on civilians in Iraq win investigative award
** Sunni party drops out of Iraq’s national elections
** Nerve agents could be to blame for tripling of child leukaemia in Basra
** Two Army pilots killed in Iraq helicopter crash, US says

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