For Immediate Release
Spotlight on the War in Afghanistan:
Current human realities, state-level economic impact & changes in the Obama Administration's first 100 days
NORTHHAMPTION, Mass. - National Priorities Project (NPP), in partnership with the American Friends Service Committee, has released The Cost of War in Afghanistan, a four page primer on the war's current economic and human realities.
With this primer, National Priorities Project launches a commitment to track the US cost of the war in Afghanistan through an individual cost of war counter, state-level numbers and trade-offs.
This new series of information is similar to NPP's Iraq War fact sheets
and counters which have been used by national media outlets including
CNN, National Public Radio and MSNBC while
attracting more than 2.5 million web hits each month.
“The purpose of this resource is to help
people across the United States reflect on the current Afghanistan war
and its proposed expansion,” notes NPP Executive Director, Jo
Comerford. “With President Obama moving forward with his campaign
promise to increase troop levels in Afghanistan, the US public faces
two important questions as we reach his administration's auspicious
100-day milestone: What will be the cost and impact of more troops, for
both the US and Afghanistan? And what are the Obama Administration’s
SCROLL TO CONTINUE WITH CONTENT
Our Summer Campaign Is Underway
Support Common Dreams Today
Independent News and Views Putting People Over Profit
Seven years ago, the “global war on
terror” began in Afghanistan as a military response to the September 11
attacks. In March 2003, the United States also invaded Iraq. Today, US
forces are deeply engaged in both countries with some 200,000 US troops
in the region, of which 137,000 are in Iraq and about 40,000 in
Afghanistan, with the Obama Administration requesting an additional
This is the world we live in. This is the world we cover.
Because of people like you, another world is possible. There are many battles to be won, but we will battle them together—all of us. Common Dreams is not your normal news site. We don't survive on clicks. We don't want advertising dollars. We want the world to be a better place. But we can't do it alone. It doesn't work that way. We need you. If you can help today—because every gift of every size matters—please do. Without Your Support We Won't Exist.
Please select a donation method:
The National Priorities Project (NPP) is a 501(c)(3) research organization that analyzes and clarifies federal data so that people can understand and influence how their tax dollars are spent. Located in Northampton, MA, since 1983, NPP focuses on the impact of federal spending and other policies at the national, state, congressional district and local levels. For more information, go to http://nationalpriorities.org.