At least 54 individuals were killed across Afghanistan on the 17th anniversary of the U.S. invasion of the nation.
At least 19 of those who were killed were Afghan citizens.
The death toll reached a record-setting high in the first half of 2018 with at least 1,700 reported deaths.
Between 2001 and 2016, it is estimated that there have been at least 31,000 civilian casualties as a result of the decades-long war.
In total, more than 110,000 Afghan civilians, soldiers, and militants have died in the conflict.
Indirect deaths related to the war are estimated to be as high as 360,000 — more than a quarter of a million people.
And now, U.S. and Afghan airstrikes are only increasing as the Taliban remains undefeated.
Protesters rallied in New York this weekend to demand an end to the longest war in U.S. history.
“It’s about all the wars that the United States perpetrates on other countries and the fact that what I have seen over the past 50 years is United States multinational corporations getting larger and larger and continuing to support an American military that feels it can change the governance of any country it wishes to, in furtherance of the interests of the corporations.” — Susan Schnall, Veterans for Peace
Iron Triangle Press continues to follow U.S. military intervention abroad.