Amputations (cont.)

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We have reported before how the number of amputations among U.S. troops in Afghanistan continues to climb, even as the number of American troops killed there fell between 2010 and 2011. Here’s the latest, just-released data from the Pentagon medical community (click on it to enlarge). It shows just how grimly effective a weapon the Taliban’s improvised explosive devices are. It’s also something to keep in mind: as the nation moves on from its wars, a growing number of soldiers continue to do so, too, albeit on prosthetic limbs.