Despite heavy ISAF casualties, peace remains a distant dream
KABUL (PAN): Foreign forces lost almost 2,710 soldiers, half of them from the US, and more than 18,000 were injured during the 10-year war against the Taliban and Al Qaeda in Afghanistan, a website reported on Saturday.
The war on terrorism, which was launched in the country days after the 9/11 incident in the US, has left tens of thousands of Afghan dead. But peace in the country remains a distant dream.
Among the foreign soldiers killed in Afghanistan, 1,765 were from the US, 380 from the UK, 157 from Canada, 73 from France, 53 from Germany, 42 from Denmark, 39 from Italy, 33 from Spain, 29 each from Poland and Australia, 25 from Holland and the rest from other countries.
A dozen Americans were killed in 2001, 70 in 2002, 58 in 2003, 60 in 2004, 131 in 2005, 191 in 2006, 232 in 2007, 298 in 2008, 521 in 2009, 711 in 2010 and 430 so far during 2011.
The deadliest incident for the US military was a helicopter crash in the Syedabad district of Maidan Wardak province in 2011, killing 31 American soldiers. Two years earlier, seven high-ranking officials of the Central Investigation Agency (CIA) were killed in a suicide attack in Khost province.
In 2003, 62 Spanish soldiers stationed in Afghanistan were killed in a plane crash in Turkey. The southern Helmand province, where 770 foreign soldiers have been killed, has seen the highest number of ISAF fatalities.
As many as 400 NATO-led soldiers were killed in Kandahar, the Taliban's spiritual base, 163 in Kunar, 137 in Kabul, 123 in Paktia, 99 in Zabul, 90 in Maidan Wardak, 80 in Ghazni, 65 in Uruzgan, 54 in Parwan, 45 in Farah, 44 in Herat, 43 in Nangarhar, 41 in Khost, 41 in Logar, 33 in Nuristan, 31 in Badghis and 29 in Kunduz.
Some 133,000 international soldiers from 48 countries, including 100,000 from America, are currently fighting the militants in Afghanistan under ISAF command.
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