REPORT: Watchdog report reveals how many people have been killed rebuilding Afghanistan

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More than 2,000 people have been killed in attacks on projects to rebuild Afghanistan, a government watchdog said Tuesday.

In what it described as the first official accounting of the human cost of reconstruction activities, the special inspector general for Afghanistan reconstruction (SIGAR) said 2,214 people have been killed, 2,921 have been wounded and 1,182 have been kidnapped or gone missing while doing such activities from April 2002 through December 2018.

The article goes on to state the following:

“For years, SIGAR has spent considerable effort to track the financial costs of reconstruction and stabilization activities in Afghanistan,” Special Inspector General John Sopko wrote in an introduction to the report. “However, little effort has been made up to now to track the human costs – the number of people killed, wounded, or kidnapped – to accomplish these activities. This has left policy makers with an incomplete picture of the true cost of our efforts in Afghanistan.”

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SIGAR also released the following statement in a four-part Twitter thread:

(1/2) #SIGAR conservatively identified 5,135 casualties in #Afghanistan associated with reconstruction or stabilization missions, from then-President Bush’s formal announcement of the beginning of our reconstruction mission in Afghanistan on April 17, 2002 to December 31, 2018

(2/2) This total includes 2,214 killed and 2,921 wounded. We also identified 1,182 individuals that were kidnapped or missing: Human Cost of Reconstruction

SIGAR released The Human Cost of Reconstruction in #Afghanistan report today. It is believed to be the first official govt effort by an independent IG to track human costs…

…(the number of people killed/wounded/kidnapped) in Afghanistan while conducting reconstruction & stabilization activities.

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