British soldiers were more than twice as likely to die at the height of the war in Afghanistan as their American counterparts, according to a study.
The Costs of War report, commissioned by the Watson Institute for International and Public Affairs at Brown University, analyzed the death toll suffered by US forces alongside their allies during the war in Afghanistan.
Despite the death toll in the United States far exceeding other countries, in real terms the British sent to fight in Afghanistan were more likely to die, the university said.
Report author Jason Davidson told The Guardian Americans “don’t quite understand” the sacrifices made by Allied forces during the war in Afghanistan.
The damning report follows the recent announcement of the withdrawal of US troops from Afghanistan, 20 years after the initial invasion.
A new study has found that British forces were more than twice as likely to die at the height of the war in Afghanistan as American troops. (Pictured: British paratroopers from the 3rd Battalion Regiment search for weapons in Salavat, Panjawi province, Afghanistan in 2008)
In two decades, more than 240,000 people have died, millions of refugees have been displaced and more than 3,000 Allied soldiers have lost their lives.
The Costs of War is a project that tracks the global impact of the war in Afghanistan, with their latest analysis occurring 10 days after US forces began surrendering strategic bases to the Afghan military.
Although Americans suffered a significantly higher total number of fatalities (2,316), comparing the total number of fatalities with troop deployment figures by country shows that the United Kingdom and Canada suffered losses in terms of significantly higher actuals.
|Country||Number of deaths||As a% of peak deployment|
|Source: “The Costs of War to United States Allies Since 9/11”, Watson Institute for International and Public Affairs|
The author of the report also conceded that the Americans had not yet “fully understood” the sacrifices made by the forces of other NATO countries during the conflict.
Mr Davidson said: “This is something that not only does not catch the attention of those who criticize the Allies.”
“He’s not even getting the attention he deserves from those who are usually cheerleaders to allies like the current administration.”
“I would like to see more US policymakers recognize and discuss with the public the costs that US allies have incurred in these wars.”
The University of Rhode Island’s findings mirror those released by UK-based Action on Armed Violence, which said in December that the war on terror was “12% more deadly for British personnel” than for the forces. American.
More than 2,300 American soldiers died in the Afghan war (photo: American soldiers in Deh Afghan in 2006)
Overall, the Action on Armed Violence study found that the war in Afghanistan was responsible for over 70 percent of Britain’s casualties during the âwar on terrorâ period.
One of the conclusions of the aforementioned report is: “The war on terrorism has been proportionately more deadly for British personnel than for American personnel”.
A Defense Ministry spokesperson said: âThe British forces and their allies have served with dedication, distinction and courage in Iraq and Afghanistan. Every life lost is a tragedy for their family, their friends and for our nation.
âComparisons of fatalities in different force structures and locations are not informative, as the United States provided large numbers of non-combatant personnel with significantly lower exposure to risk.
“It is important to also consider the complex environment in which our troops operated, which statistics alone do not always do justice.”
The United States, alongside coalition allies including Canada, the United Kingdom, Germany and France, invaded Afghanistan in October 2001 in an attempt to oust the leader of Al Qaeda, Osama Bin Laden, who was the mastermind of the September 11 attacks.
President Joe Biden has publicly announced his intention to withdraw all US forces from the country by September 11 of this year.
As of December 2020, there were still around 4,000 US troops in Afghanistan, up from a peak of over 100,000 in 2010.
Earlier this month, the Taliban launched an attack in Helmand province, just two days after US forces ceded control of Camp Antnik to the Afghan army.
The offensive came after militants launched assaults across the country after a missed deadline by the United States to withdraw its troops from the country, as agreed in talks with the Taliban last year.
Attaullah Afghan, the head of the Helmand Provincial Council, said the Taliban launched their offensive on Monday, May 3, attacking checkpoints on the outskirts of Lashkar Gah and seizing some of them.