Columbia International Affairs Online: Working Papers

CIAO DATE: 08/2014

Arguing Afghanistan: what the detractors of NATO's mission get wrong

Patrick Keller

September 2009

NATO Defense College


Over the last few years, Afghanistan has become less stable and less secure. There were more than 2,000 civilian casualties in 2008 - more than in any other year since the Taliban regime was overthrown in 2001, and an increase by 40% in comparison to 2007. Coalition forces suffered 294 casualties in 2008, also the highest number so far. This is the direct consequence of a rise in Taliban and insurgent activity, mostly in eastern and southern Afghanistan.