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      Saturday
      Jan022010

      Afghanistan Troop Commitment and Costs

      Democracy and domestic priorities will be the casualties in the United States, Canada and Europe if the US-NATO military expansion holds sway.

      United States troop commitment (Afghanistan): 100,000 [by 2010]; contractors (global): 68-71,000 [LAT, Aug 13, 2009]
       
      Costs:
      Total, 2001-2009: $300 billion [CRS Report, "The Cost of Iraq, Afghanistan, and Other Global War on Terror Operations Since 9/11," Sept. 28, 2009]
      Request for 2010: $73 billion for Afghanistan [70 percent increase over 2008, see CRS Report]
      Cost of 30,000 more troops : $25-30 billion/year [NYT, Nov. 14, 2009]
      Cost per US soldier: $1 million per year. [NYT, Nov. 14, 2009]
      Cost of contractors: $6 - 10 billion, 2003-2007 [LAT, Aug. 13, 2009]
      Cost to double Afghan army and police: $50 billion over 5 years. [NYT, Nov. 14, 2009]
       [The cost] will "devour virtually any other priorities that the president or anyone in Congress had" - Rep. David Obey, chair, House Appropriations Committee
       
      American Casualties:
      Death toll 2001-2009: 949 (as of Jan. 2, 2010, see www.icasualties.org)
      Death toll 2009: 319
      Wounded: total 2001-2009: 4,434
      See also: "US Combat Injuries Rise Sharply", W. Post, Oct. 31, 2009. 350 American troops wounded each month since doubling of US troops in 2009.

      Europe and Canada (in Afghanistan):
      Costs are in U.S. dollars

      United Kingdom - 9,000 troops; $1.6 billion; 245 killed

      Germany - 4,050 troops; $767.8 million; 34 killed

      France - 3,160 troops; $124.2 million; 36 killed

      Canada - 2,800 troops; $12.36 billion; 138 killed

      Italy - 2,795 troops; $424.4 million; 22 killed

      Poland - 2,000 troops; $1.1 million; 16 killed

      Netherlands - 1,770 troops; $403.7 million; 21 killed

      Romania - 1,025 troops; cost unknown; 11 killed

      Spain - 780 troops; $25.6 million; 26 killed

      Turkey - 730 troops; cost unknown; 2 killed

      Denmark - 700 troops; $214.5 million; 30 killed

      Belgium - 510 troops; $48.9 million; 1 killed

      Norway - 485 troops; $349.8 million; 4 killed

      Bulgaria - 470 troops; cost unknown

      Sweden - 430 troops; $265.53 million; 2 killed

      Czech Republic - 340 troops; cost unknown; 3 killed

      Hungary - 310 troops; cost unknown; 2 killed

      Croatia - 295 troops; cost unknown

      Slovakia - 230 troops; cost unknown

      Lithuania - 200 troops; cost unknown; 1 killed

      Latvia - 165 troops; cost unknown; 3 killed

      Macedonia - 165 troops; cost unknown

      Estonia - 150 troops; cost unknown; 7 killed

      Greece - 145 troops; $260,000

      Albania - 140 troops; cost unknown

      Finland - 110 troops; $81.6 million; 1 killed

      Portugal - 90 troops; $1.4 million; 2 killed

      Slovenia - 80 troops; cost unknown

      Ukraine - 10 troops; cost unkown

      Luxembourg - 9 troops; cost unknown

      Ireland - 7 troops; $8.8 million

      Austria - 3 troops; $750,000

      Iceland - 8 troops; cost unknown

      Bosnia and Herzegovina - 2 troops; cost unknown


      For information on costs, click here and here.

      For troop levels, click here.

      For comprehensive information on global public opinion polls, click here.

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