There has been a lot of speculation in recent weeks about what Biden’s foreign policy will show in his first year of office, and in particular whether he will end 20 years of so-called “eternal wars.” President Biden’s government in 2021 was far less aggressive in deploying U.S. military air force than former President Donald Trump last year.
After nearly 20 years, the U.S. military left Afghanistan in August, with the most recent U.S. drone strike in the country on August 29, killing ten civilians and causing a massive scandal.
However, Afghanistan was not the only country where the number of plagues fell under Biden. The biggest drop was recorded in Yemen due to the fact that no strikes have been made so far under Biden’s control. In the last year of Trump’s presidency, a total of 18 plagues occurred in Yemen.
The decline in the number of plagues can also be seen in other areas of military conflict, such as Iraq and Syria, where 201 plagues were measured in Trump’s last year. A total of 58 blows were measured under Biden in these two countries, a decrease of 71%. The number of strikes in Somalia fell from 72 in 2020 under Trump to 9 by 2021 during Biden’s time, a decrease of 88%.
Overall, the number of reported U.S. disasters in the five active U.S. conflict zones — Afghanistan, Iraq, Somalia, Syria, and Yemen — fell from 951 in 2020 to 439 by mid-December 2021, a 54 percent decline.
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