A study by the Mexican government shows one of the country’s states bordering the United States had a higher civilian death rate than Afghanistan.
According to CNS News, 2,276 deaths were recorded in the Mexican state of Chihuahua. In nearly the same time frame, 2,177 civilian deaths were reported in Afghanistan from January to October, according to a report from the Congressional Research Service. Though the report did not give a breakdown of responsibility, 75 percent of the deaths were attributed to the Taliban or “anti-government” forces.
The report added that per capita, a person was nine times more likely to be murdered in Chihuahua than Afghanistan.
The largest state in Mexico, Chihuahua had more drug-related murders in 2011 than any Mexican state, with the city of Ciudad Juarez, across the border from El Paso, Texas, accounting for 1,206 drug-related murders — nearly 53 percent of the state total 2,276 murders. During that time frame, Mexico recorded a grand total of 12,903 drug-related, bringing the country’s death toll to 47,515 since the country’s war against organized crime beginning in 2006.
By comparison, the Afghan National Army recorded 1,933 deaths in 2011, while 3,834 Afghan police officers were killed. A total of 1,757 U.S. soldiers have been killed in Afghanistan since October 2001.