“In the last year -- year to date compared with last year -- our casualty rate is down by nearly 40%. And this reflects the fact that across the force as a whole, the risk to our people is reducing as we hand over responsibility for the combat operations to our Afghan partners.”

— Lieutenant General Adrian Bradshaw speaking to reporters in the Pentagon Wednesday via teleconference from Afghanistan. Bradshaw, a British army officer, is the deputy commander of the International Security Assistance Force there.

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