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More troops died in Afghanistan than Iraq last month

Before the Iraq War, there was the war in Afghanistan. In 2001, after the WTC attacks, the US along with the Northern Alliance battled the Taleban in Afghanistan and overthrew its rule. However, they could not capture the leader of the Taleban, Mullah Omar, nor could they capture the leader of Al-Qaeda, Bin Laden. And then came the Iraw war. With the advent of the Iraq War, Afghanistan became a second priority in terms of reconstruction, security and overall attention. And as the post-Saddam Iraq flared up with a massive insurgency, little focus was paid to Afghanistan, specifically the role of the border regions of Pakistan where these terrorists and fighters got impressive support. And now, the lack of a proper focused strategy on Afghanistan is coming to roost:

For the second month in a row, U.S. and allied troop deaths in the Afghan war have surpassed those in Iraq, according to official figures tallied by CNN. In June, 46 foreign troops died in Afghanistan and 31 troops died in Iraq. In May, 23 foreign troops died in Afghanistan and 21 died in Iraq. A Pentagon report issued last week about Afghanistan said that security in many areas of the country is regarded as “fragile” and that Taliban militants have regrouped into a “resilient insurgency” after the Taliban was toppled from power in 2001.

The United Nations said recently that civilian deaths in Afghanistan have gone sharply upward in the past year, largely because of stepped-up Taliban attacks and an insurgent shift toward tactics like roadside bombings, U.N. officials said Sunday. Afghan civilian deaths in the first six months of 2008 jumped 60 percent, from 430 in the first six months of 2007 to 698 this year, John Holmes, the U.N. undersecretary-general for humanitarian affairs, said.

If the coalition loses Afghanistan to the Taleban again, they will face a breeding ground for terrorists like never before, and will have to fight a massive battle on all fronts (in Afghanistan and at home) to recover from this situation.

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