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Private Grief and Public Mourning

This chapter describes how the soldiers killed in Afghanistan have been repatriated, received and commemorated in three European countries: Britain, Denmark and Germany. Casualty sensitivity also exists in countries that have maintained their presence in Afghanistan; the question posed in this book is how robustly national politicians counter it in defence of the mission. Western soldiers in concert with domestic groups in Afghanistan would oust the regime and pave the way for a transition to a more democratic rule. The number of casualties suffered by each country in Afghanistan reflects the different roles they assumed and the limits each government felt it must impose on troop commitments to avoid a political backlash. In Afghanistan, acid attacks on girls walking to school would get more attention than the opening of their school did. The lack of media attention to progress in Afghanistan has been a continuing concern to politicians and military leaders.