Ten dead or captured militants a day. That’s how many insurgents U.S. special operators nailed during David Petraeus’ year-long command of the Afghanistan war, which officially ended Monday. About the only thing those commandos didn’t do is stabilize Afghanistan.
In the past year-plus in Afghanistan, elite commandos conducted a staggering 2,832 raids, resulting in the deaths or captures of 3,775 insurgents, Kimberly Dozier of the Associated Press reports. Petraeus’ predecessor, Gen. Stanley McChrystal, a former Joint Special Operations Command (JSOC) chief, oversaw about the same number of raids, but with only 2,381 insurgents neutralized.
To put it in context: that’s more than six raids a day, every day, for two years. Or maybe at night: McChrystal’s JSOC successor, Vice. Adm. William McRaven told Congress more than half of them, 1700 in a year, occur in the dark. No wonde
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