The rising toll in Afghanistan

As troops head home from the war in Afghanistan, the longest in U.S. history, the growing death toll for Afghan civilians is coming into focus. As of August 2014, 3465 coalition soldiers have died on duty in Afghanistan since the war against al-Qaida and the Taliban began in October 2001. Below is a compilation of recent coverage including past data Science obtained from three organizations tracking Afghan civilian casualties: ISAF, UNAMA, and the nongovernmental organization Afghanistan Rights.

NEWS FOCUS
15 August 2014 | NEWS FEATURE

The rising toll [FREE access]

Newly released data reveal that the war in Afghanistan is becoming more dangerous for civilians.

NEWS FOCUS
15 August 2014 | NEWS FEATURE

Civilian casualties in Afghanistan [FREE access]

Graph showing the monthly tally of civilian casualties in Afghanistan caused by insurgents and coalition military forces (ISAF).

NEWS FOCUS
15 August | NEWS FEATURE

Mother of all lodes

The United States is putting scientific boots on the ground in Afghanistan to assess its mineral riches.

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U.S. Army program has deployed soldier-scientists in 10 Afghan provinces as part of a counterinsurgency strategy to stem reliance on the Taliban.
Science Express Report
10 August 2012 | NEWS FOCUS

Can Afghan Universities Recover From War, Taliban, and Neglect?

The demand for technical talent and outside funding is helping colleges get back on their feet. But higher education is still not a priority.
Science Express Report
30 June 2011 | ScienceNOW

Is There a Way to Predict 'Random Violence' in War?

Can the seemingly random violence of a war be predicted? A model based on casualty data from Afghanistan shows that there is order in the war's chaos.
DATA VISUALIZATION

Civilian Casualties in Afghanistan 2009-2010


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Science Express Report
11 March 2011 | NEWS FOCUS

Counting the dead in Afghanistan [Free access]

A military data set of civilian casualties indicates the war has become more lethal.
Science Express Report
11 March 2011 | NEWS FOCUS

War as a Laboratory For Trauma Research

The military is sending scientists onto the battlefield to improve emergency medicine.
Science Express Report
4 March 2011 | NEWS FOCUS

Ten Years After Buddhas Destroyed, Afghans Work to Save Monastery