Record number of bombs dropped on Afghanistan in 2018

https://www.forbes.com/sites/niallmccarthy/2018/11/13/the-u-s-never-dropped-as-many-bombs-on-afghanistan-as-it-did-in-2018-infographic/ Even though the conflict has been making fewer headlines in recent years, the U.S. has never dropped as many bombs on Afghanistan as it did this year. According to U.S. Air Forces Central Command data, manned and unmanned aircraft released 5,213 weapons between January and the end of September 2018. Previously, 2010 held the record for …

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Price tag of the ‘war on terror’ will top $6 trillion soon

https://www.militarytimes.com/news/pentagon-congress/2018/11/14/price-tag-of-the-war-on-terror-will-top-6-trillion-soon/ The price tag of the ongoing “war on terror” in the Middle East will likely top $6 trillion next year, and will reach $7 trillion if the conflicts continue into the early 2020s, according to a new report out Wednesday. The annual Costs of War project report, from the Watson Institute for International and Public Affairs at Brown …

The Costs of War Project: half a million people directly killed by ‘war on terror’

https://www.axios.com/rising-death-rate-prompts-some-in-congress-to-reassess-war-on-terror-30e41979-317b-4a92-a6c0-90059dfe7178.html The United States’ “war on terror” in Afghanistan, Pakistan and Iraq has directly killed at least 480,000 people since 2001, according to a new report by the Costs of War Project at Brown University. This is an increase of 113,000 over the last count, issued just two years ago. ... The tally includes civilians, U.S. and …

The terrible consequences of the USA’s Afghan War

The Afghan economy — measured in GDP — stopped growing in 2012 and has since retrenched. After a $126 billion U.S. relief and reconstruction investment lasting nearly two decades, Afghanistan is the 183rd worst country in the world to “do business.” Less than a third of Afghans are connected to the power grid. The few economic …

The human tragedies of ‘precision’ bombings

by Azmat Khan and Anand Gopal, the New York Times A key part of the coalition’s investigation process is to match civilian casualty accusations against its own logs. Chris Umphres, an Air Force captain at Udeid who assesses allegations of civilian casualties, told us that military investigators possess the coordinates of “every single strike conducted …