Last Sunday’s print edition of The New York Times features a full-page visualization of 2010 fatalities in Iraq and Afghanistan. Like many Times graphics, it does a good job of conveying a lot of detailed information in a confined space – notably how combat- and non-combat-related deaths among U.S. and coalition forces in Iraq have dropped as troops have been withdrawn and the focus has shifted to Afghanistan.
The 2010 death toll was 56 in Iraq, where troop levels fell by half, down from 141 in 2009. Deaths in Afghanistan, where a U.S. surge added 40% more troops, totaled 696 last year compared to 498 in 2009.
The graphic (which can also be viewed by clicking on the expandable thumbnail image at right) uses data from a variety of sources, including the Pentagon, as well as research from the Brookings Institution and the design services of Brooklyn-based mgmt.design.
Read the Times article here.
A similar version of the mgmt.design chart showing 2009 fatalities can be viewed here.
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