By the Numbers: The Afghanistan War’s Impact on N.Y.

October 07, 2011 at 9:27 am

The U.S War in Afghanistan is out of sight and out of mind for many New Yorkers, but this year, just as we marked the 10-year anniversary of Sept. 11, we must also mark the passing of a decade at war. On Oct. 7, 2001, the U.S. and its allies invaded Afghanistan in response to the 9/11 terrorist attacks. In 2003 American forces invaded Iraq. More than two million U.S. troops have been sent to the region since 2001.

The War in Afghanistan is the most prolonged conflict in American history. In June, President Barack Obama announced that the U.S. would begin withdrawing 33,000 troops from Afghanistan, which were part of the “surge” that he sent to Afghanistan in 2009. The U.S. is on course to transfer its responsibilities to Afghan forces by 2014.

On the 10-year anniversary of the war, MetroFocus mined the numbers for a look at how the U.S. conflicts in the Middle East have directly affected New York state.

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MetroFocus culled data from: U.S. Department of Defense (Contingency Tracking System Deployment File, Aug. 31 2011); Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America and the New York State Health Foundation (New York’s Newest Veterans June 2011), National Priorities Project and ICasualties.org (Iraq Coalition Casualty Count).

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MetroFocus is made possible by James and Merryl Tisch, the Anderson Family Fund, Judy and Josh Weston, Bernard and Irene Schwartz, Sue and Edgar Wachenheim III, the Cheryl and Philip Milstein Family, Rosalind P. Walter, The Dorothy Schiff Endowment for News and Public Affairs Programming, the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, Jody and John Arnhold, the Tiger Baron Foundation, the Robert C. and Tina Sohn Foundation, the Metropolitan Media Fund, Laura and Jim Ross, the Dorothy Pacella Fund, in memory of Vincent Pacella and Shailaja and Umesh Nagarkatte.

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