After 13 U.S. service members were killed in the August 26 suicide bombing at Kabul airport, Republicans and conservatives started circulating incorrect information on social media about how many troops died in Afghanistan under former President Trump versus President Biden.
Evan Kilgore, a conservative from Dayton, Ohio, with 11,400 Instagram followers, posted on the site, “There wasn’t a SINGLE American casualty in Afghanistan the last year and a half of the Trump admin. The Taliban FEARED President Trump and KNEW he would annihilate them, if they breached their peaceful exit negotiation. The blood is on Biden’s hands.”
That is not true.
From July 2019 to January 2021, the last year and a half of Trump’s presidency, 23 service members were killed in the war in Afghanistan, reports the Defense Casualty Analysis System.
During the entire Trump presidency, from January 2017 until January 2021, a total of 63 U.S. military service members lost their lives in the war in Afghanistan.
The websites FactCheck.org and CheckYourFact.com were both quick to report the information was false.
Kilgore’s post has since been blocked by Instagram and labeled as false information.
Some Republicans have stated that they hope, like the tragedy in Benghazi, Libya, the recent deaths will work against Democrats in the 2022 election, despite the much larger number of those killed in Afghanistan during the Trump presidency.
A total of 2,400 U.S. soldiers have died in Afghanistan in the 20 years that the war has been going on.
The war started on October 7, 2001, soon after the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks.
George W. Bush was President at the time.
In 2019, 23 service members were killed, and 11 were killed in 2020.
No soldiers were killed in 2021 until the Aug. 26 suicide bomb attack, which was the deadliest day in Afghanistan for the U.S. military in a decade.
The violence came while U.S. troops withdrew from Afghanistan and the Taliban took over control of the country’s government.
The agreement with the Taliban to withdraw U.S. troops was originally negotiated by the Trump administration last year.
Trump set May 1, 2021, as the deadline for troop withdrawal, but Biden delayed the date to August 31 when he got into office.