Posted by Joshua Holland at 8:46 am May 20, 2010 commentsCOMMENT NOW! As Afghanistan Occupation Drags On, U.S.

Troops Are Dying Younger On Tuesday, we reached a “grim milestone” as U.S. troop deaths in Afghanistan surpassed 1,000. According to the New York Times, the first 500 died in just und er 7 years of fighting, and the last 500 were killed in less than 2 years. Of course, many, many more Afghanis — civilians as well as combatants — have be en killed over the past 9 years. The tragedy of this war is so much greater then the deaths of U.S. troops. Nonetheless, I misted up a bit when I came across th is paragraph in the Times piece: American troops are dying younger, often fresh out of boot camp, military re cords show. From 2002 to 2008, the average age of service members killed in acti on in Afghanistan was about 28; last year, it dropped to 26. This year, the more than 125 troops killed in combat were on average 25 years old. What a waste. Joshua Holland is an editor and senior writer with AlterNet.

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