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Afghanistan, in human terms

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Posted: Tuesday, December 1, 2009 12:00 am

President Obama's decision to send more troops into Afghanistan has a strong local angle, with the recent loss of local solider Kyle Coumas of Lockeford. He was killed in Afghanistan on Oct. 21 in the Kandahar Province by an IED (improvised explosive device.)

The war in Afghanistan, known as Operation Enduring Freedom, has resulted in 857 killed.

I came across a Web site that includes a list of those who have fallen in the conflict, listed by name, hometown, branch of service, and the date and cause of death, such as IED or small arms fire.

I was struck, in going through this list, by how many have been killed by the IED. What a lethal and wicked invention.

Specialist Coumas is named here. Reviewing the list, reading the names of those who have fallen in the conflict, provides a personal and sobering perspective on the war.

Here is the link: