1,000th U.S. soldier dies in Afghanistan

This video from the USA is called Arlington West.

It says about itself:

Sep 20, 2007

105 heartfelt interviews with Soldiers and Military Families whose children were killed in Iraq. Every Sunday, Veterans For Peace honor the fallen with a cemetery of crosses at the beach.

Anoother video, no longer on the Internet, used to say about itself:

Arlington West refers to two closely related projects, both of which are intended to draw public attention to, and to open a discourse on the subject of both military and civilian deaths during the invasion and occupation of Iraq of the early 21st century.

From Associated Press:

1,000th U.S. Military Death In Afghanistan

May 28, 2010

The U.S. military suffered its 1,000th death of the Afghan war Friday, according to an Associated Press count, when NATO reported a service member was killed by a roadside bomb in southern Afghanistan.

The NATO statement did not identify the victim’s name or nationality, but U.S. spokesman Col. Wayne Shanks said the service member was American.

The Associated Press bases its tally on U.S. Defense Department reports of deaths suffered as a direct result of the Afghan conflict, including personnel assigned to units in Afghanistan, Pakistan or Uzbekistan.

Other news organizations count deaths suffered by service members assigned elsewhere as part of Operation Enduring Freedom, which includes operations in the Philippines, the Horn of Africa and at the U.S. detention facility at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.

The NATO statement gave no details of the bombing Friday, nor did it specify where the attack occurred.

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11 thoughts on “1,000th U.S. soldier dies in Afghanistan

  1. Drone crew blamed in Afghan civilian deaths

    By ROHAN SULLIVAN (AP) ā€“ 1 hour ago

    KABUL, Afghanistan ā€” Inexperienced operators of a U.S. drone aircraft ignored or downplayed signs that civilians were aboard a convoy blasted by American missiles in Afghanistan earlier this year, said a military investigation report released Saturday.

    At least 23 people were killed in the Feb. 21 attack in Uruzgan province ā€” the deadliest assault on Afghan civilians in six months. It occurred even as NATO forces were redoubling efforts to avoid killing innocents.

    The attack prompted a strong rebuke from Afghan President Hamid Karzai, and a quick apology from the commander of U.S. and NATO forces in Afghanistan, Gen. Stanley McChrystal, who is struggling to gain the broad support among Afghans that is crucial to winning the almost nine-year-old war.

    Attack helicopters fired missiles and rockets into the convoy on a main road near Khod village, where U.S. Special Forces were battling militants at the time, said the executive summary of the investigation. Commanders judged that the convoy contained fighters heading toward the village to reinforce the militants.

    But the order to attack was based on inaccurate information from the crew of a Predator drone monitoring the convoy from an Air Force base in Nevada and on flawed analysis of the situation by NATO commanders, the report said.

    Poorly functioning command posts “failed to provide the ground force commander with the evidence and analysis that the vehicles were not a hostile threat and the inaccurate and unprofessional reporting of the Predator crew … deprived the ground force commander of vital information,” the report said.

    “Information that the convoy was anything other than an attacking force was ignored or downplayed by the Predator crew,” it said.

    Airstrikes accounted for about 60 percent of the nearly 600 civilians killed by NATO and allied Afghan forces in 2009, according to a U.N. report. However, that percentage is significantly lower than the previous year, the U.N. said, attributing the drop to NATO directives to only conduct airstrikes as a last resort or if they are certain their are no civilians present.

    In his response to the report, McChrystal said in a statement he had issued letters reprimanding four senior and two junior officers in Afghanistan. He also called on the Air Force to investigate the actions of the Predator crew.


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