Updated on October 14, 2011
Update From the Frontlines of War
THE FRONTLINES OF AFGHANISTAN
In Afghanistan, the battles continue between coalition forces and members of Al Qaeda and the Taliban. Attacks in the past week by the insurgents have led to the attempted kidnapping of American citizens, a bombing of a local grocery store and frequent use of IEDs. Since 2010, IED attacks have increased 60% according to officials. In the past week, one more American has died in Operation Enduring Freedom. The war in Afghanistan has claimed 21 American lives thus far in 2011, and the total for the war is now 1,467 (www.icasualties.org).
THE FRONTLINES OF IRAQ
Violence this past week has been targeting civilians and members of the Iraqi police. Several bombings, targeted killings of police officials, and the worsening water condition in the Kirkuk area is leading to unrest, and an opposition party in Kurdish areas are urging the regional government to resign, saying the the unrest in the Arab world should be a wake up call for leaders. No American soldiers were reported killed in Iraq this past week. However, American soldiers killed in 2011 is six and an overall death total of 4436 (www.icasualties.org).
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iCasualties. (2011). Coalition Casualties in Iraq and Afghanistan. Retrieved from www.icasualties.org.