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The Numbers

by Abby Zimet

Six years after U.S. forces invaded Iraq, the numbers tell a horrific story. They are compiled from iraqbodycount.org,  antiwar.comjustforeignpolicy.org, usliberals.about.com, and michaelmoore.com.

Americans killed: 4,259. Americans wounded: officially, 31,089 (excludes psychological injury); estimated, over 100,000.

Iraqis killed: estimates range from 91,121 to 655,000 to 1.3 million  

Iraqis displaced within Iraq: over 2.3 million. Iraqi refugees in Syria and Jordan: 2.1 to 2.3 million

U.S. cost: over $800 billion. U.S. cost per second: $5,000. Cost of deploying one soldier for one year: $390,000.

Missing: $9 billion in U.S. money, $549.7 milion in spare parts, $1 billion in arms and vehicles.

Iraqis strongly opposed to presence of 'coalition' troops: 82%. Iraqis without access to adequate water: 70%

Estimated Insurgency Strength, Nov 2003: 15,000. Estimated Insurgency Strength, June 2007: 70,000

For a more complete listing, go here

To see a visual representation of the 31,089 official American wounded, one of the smallest numbers, go here. Be patient: It is a long scroll.

To see daily updates on Iraqi casualties, go here

For Monday, March 16, Iraq Body Count lists 10 dead. In Kirkuk, gunmen kill a security guard at a phone company. In Qayareh, a 12-year-old girl dies after being shot by US forces firing at a car. In Mosul, a suicide car bomber kills a policeman and gunmen kill a woman at a bus station. In Albu Khumaisa, five bodies are found. In Al Aziziya, one body is found.

Today, lest we forget, there will be more.

 

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