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Wednesday, March 20, 2013

The Iraq War, by the numbers

Number of years since the U.S. invaded Iraq: 10
Number of Iraqi civilians dead as a consequence: At minimum, between 123,000 and 134,000
Number of Iraqis internally displaced or who fled the country: 2.8 million (that’s one in 12 Iraqis)
Number of U.S. troop casualties: 4,484
Number of coalition troop casualties: 4,803
Number of U.S. troops wounded: 32,223
Number of non-Iraqi contractors killed: at least 463
Number of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder diagnoses in U.S. service members: 103,792
Number of bombs dropped in Shock and Awe Campaign: 4,845
U.S. financial cost so far: $1.7 trillion
Amount owed to U.S. veterans in benefits: $490 billion
Predicted cost to U.S. over next four decades: $6 trillion
Cost of U.S. reconstruction efforts: $60 billion
Amount of reconstruction effort funds wasted: over $8 billion
Halliburton overcharges classified by the Pentagon as Unreasonable and Unsupported: $1.4 billion
Number of WMDs discovered: 0

With thanks to Matt Payton's Tumble-o-rama for bringing this to our attention.

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