• The war in Afghanistan is nearing its 17th anniversary and a new graphic suggests the conflict has reached its deadliest point in years.
  • Data from the Uppsala Conflict Data Program suggests the total number of battle deaths in Afghanistan, including civilians and combatants on both sides, will surpass 20,000 in 2018.
  • The fact the war is becoming increasingly intense suggests the US military will not be pulling out of Afghanistan anytime soon.
  • The US currently has roughly 15,000 troops in Afghanistan and only five US soldiers have been killed there in 2018 so far, as the death toll on Afghan troops and civilians is rising.

The war in Afghanistan is nearing its 17th anniversary and a new graphic suggests the conflict has reached its deadliest point in years.

Data from the Uppsala Conflict Data Program suggests

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