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military advisers from the 1st Security Force Assistance Brigade
sit at an Afghan National Army base in Maidan Wardak province,
Afghanistan, on August 6, 2018.

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Mackenzie/Reuters


  • The war in Afghanistan is nearing its 17th anniversary
    and a new graphic suggests the conflict has reached its
    deadliest point in years. 
  • Data from the Uppsala Conflict Data Program
    suggests the total number of battle deaths in Afghanistan,
    including civilians and combatants on both sides, will surpass
    20,000 in 2018.
  • The fact the war is becoming increasingly intense
    suggests the US military will not be pulling out of Afghanistan
    anytime soon.
  • The US currently has roughly 15,000 troops in
    Afghanistan and only five US soldiers have been killed there in
    2018 so far, as the death toll on Afghan troops and civilians
    is rising.

The war in Afghanistan is nearing its 17th anniversary and a new
graphic suggests the conflict has reached its deadliest point in
years.

Data from the Uppsala Conflict Data Program suggests
the total number of battle deaths in Afghanistan, including
civilians and combatants on both sides, will surpass 20,000 in
2018
.

Graeme Smith, a political analyst and former political
affairs officer for the United Nations Assistance Mission in
Kabul, Afghanistan, said
on Twitter
this means “the war may be growing more intense
than anything since the 1980s.”

In total, five US
soldiers
have been killed in Afghanistan in 2018. This is a
far-cry from America’s deadliest year in the war, 2010, when 499
US soldiers were killed. Overall, roughly 2,414 US troops
have been killed in Afghanistan since the war began in 2001
following the 9/11 terror attacks, according to the tracking site
iCasualties.org

But the fact the war is becoming increasingly intense from
a broader standpoint suggests the US military will not be pulling
out of Afghanistan anytime soon, a move that would risk toppling
the government. In short, there’s no end in sight to this
conflict or America’s role in it. 

The US currently has 15,000 troops in Afghanistan after the Trump
administration decided to increase America’s footprint in the
country by several thousand last year.

Despite the increase in US troops in Afghanistan, the situation
there has not improved. 

There continues to be fierce fighting against the Taliban in
Afghanistan and it currently controls or contests
nearly half of the districts in the country as
tenuous efforts to establish peace talks
have done little to
change things on the ground. 

ISIS has also emerged as a threat in the country and last week
claimed responsibility for a brutal attack that left
34 students dead
at an educational facility in Kabul.

Despite the present situation, Gen. John “Mick”
Nicholson on Wednesday claimed there’s
“an unprecedented opportunity for peace now”
with the
Taliban.

Nicholson, who will soon be replaced as the top US general
in Afghanistan, also praised Trump’s strategy in the region and
argued the allied effort in the wartorn country is making
progress.

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