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The new Afghanistan war strategy that President Obama announced will send a surge of 4,000 troops, bringing U.S. troop levels to 60,000. Their focus will not be on battling Taliban insurgents face-to-face, but on improving security in villages by winning the trust of the local population. The idea is to make the Taliban irrelevant in the everyday lives of the villagers, who to this point have come to depend on or fear the insurgence. After seven years of war, the coalition has a steep road to climb. This strategy comes from the hard earned lesson learned in Iraq where the tide is turning in favor of the coalition and Iraqi government. Furthermore, the President’s plan calls for doubling the size of the Afghan security forces by 2011 and increasing diplomatic cooperation from regional countries.
Before the change in strategy, the number of casualties in Iraq hit a steady range of 822-904 deaths per year from 2004-2007. After, the improvement can be seen in the dramatic drop from 2007 to 2008 of 314 deaths. Also, of those wounded in this global war on terror, the numbers reflect the Iraqi change in stratagy as those wounded reduced from 6107 in 2007 to 2046 in 2008. The number of casualties in Afghanistan since 2004 has climbed steadily to 294 last year. Currently, as of March 2009, there have been 78 deaths in Afghanistan; that is nearly double what the count was last year at this time.