Drop in U.S. troop deaths good sign in Afghanistan
The Kansas City Star
It was encouraging to learn that U.S. troop deaths have fallen in Afghanistan.
It’s the lowest it has been in five years and even lower for international forces, McClatchy Newspapers reports. In December, January and February, U.S. troop deaths were 17, down from 57 the the past winter.
That is a positive sign ahead of the 2014 U.S. troop pullout from the longest war in U.S. history. It also shows that Afghan security forces are arriving at full strength and are taking over as they should.
Near 2,200 U.S. troops have died and more than 17,000 injured since the war began in 2001 after the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attack in the United States. More than 1,000 troops from other countries have died in the war.