Factbox: Blood and billions of dollars: NATO’s long war in Afghanistan


From 2009

Afghanistan: U.S., NATO Wage World’s Largest, Longest War

Afghan War: NATO Builds History’s First Global Army

U.S., NATO Poised For Most Massive War In Afghanistan’s History

“NATO is not a nation-building, peacekeeping or humanitarian outfit – it is an aggressive military bloc. When it and its individual member states’ military forces leave South and Central Asia then healing, reconstruction and lasting peace can begin.”


On Sept. 12, 2001, NATO allies invoked their mutual defence clause for the first, and so far only time in the Western alliance’s seven-decade history….

NATO’s troop presence peaked in 2011, with more than 130,000 foreign troops from 51 allied and partner countries in Afghanistan. Since 2003, NATO has trained hundreds of thousands of Afghan troops and police officers, including establishing an Afghan air force.


The international military coalition has suffered over 3,500 fatalities since 2001, among them around 2,400 Americans, according to U.S. Congress data.