11 years of war on Afghanistan

Today marks 11 years of the war in Afghanistan, which is America's longest war.  War in Afghanistan (2001–present)

America’s longest war entered its 12th year Sunday, with the anniversary marked by a Taliban statement claiming that NATO forces are “fleeing Afghanistan” in “humiliation and disgrace”.... 
A total of 3,199 NATO soldiers have been killed in the war, more than 2,000 of them Americans. 
Taliban mock US as Afghan war enters 12th year 

I was searching for the civilian death toll but couldn't find one, and this explains it... just a glance at the numbers in the right column shows you how many innocents have died: Civilian casualties in the War in Afghanistan (2001–present)   "There is no single official figure for the overall number of civilians killed by the war since 2001, but estimates for specific years or periods have been published by a number of independent organizations and are presented here.  Most, if not all, of the sources state that their estimates are likely to be underestimates."      

The Afghan War Logs were leaked in 2010:
"The New York Times described the leak as "a six-year archive of classified military documents [that] offers an unvarnished and grim picture of the Afghan war". The Guardian called the material "one of the biggest leaks in U.S. military history ... a devastating portrait of the failing war in Afghanistan, revealing how coalition forces have killed hundreds of civilians in unreported incidents, Taliban attacks have soared and NATO commanders fear neighboring Pakistan and Iran are fuelling the insurgency"    Afghan War documents leak

Thank goodness for WikiLeaks, otherwise we might never know what's really going on there.  According to the ACLU: 
Since U.S. troops first set foot in Afghanistan in 2001, the Defense Department has gone to significant lengths to control and suppress information about the human cost of war. It banned photographers on U.S. military bases from covering the arrival of caskets containing the remains of soldiers killed overseas. It paid Iraqi journalists to write positive accounts of the U.S. war effort. It invited U.S. journalists to "embed" with military units but required them to submit their stories to the military for pre-publication review; according to some reports, the policy was meant to co-opt the embedded journalists and make independent and objective reporting more difficult. It has erased journalists' footage of civilian deaths in Afghanistan. And it has refused to disclose statistics on civilian casualties. "We don't do body counts," General Tommy Franks has said.  
The Human Cost - Civilian Casualties in Iraq & Afghanistan

"Operation Enduring Freedom" (OEF) is the official name used by the U.S. government for the War in Afghanistan, together with a number of smaller military actions, under the umbrella of the global "War on Terror" (GWOT). The operation was originally called "Operation Infinite Justice" Operation Enduring Freedom

Sickening... that they use such lofty names for it.  

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