Tuesday, 31 January 2023 03:44 PM
September 11, 2019 12:00 AM NPT
Between 480,000 and 507,000 people have been killed in the United States’ post-9/11 wars in Iraq, Afghanistan, and Pakistan, according to a Brown University study.
The “Cost of War” study summarises the following findings:
• Over 480,000 people have died due to direct war violence, including armed forces on all sides of the conflicts, contractors, civilians, journalists, and humanitarian workers.
• It is likely that many times more have died indirectly in these wars, due to malnutrition, damaged infrastructure, and environmental degradation.
• 244,000 civilians have been killed in direct violence by all parties to these conflicts.
• Over 6,950 U.S. soldiers have died in the wars. We do not know the full extent of how many U.S. service members returning from these wars became injured or ill while deployed.
• Many deaths and injuries among U.S. contractors have not been reported as required by law, but it is likely that at least 7,800 have been killed.
• 21 million Afghan, Iraqi, Pakistani, and Syrian people are living as war refugees and internally displaced persons, in grossly inadequate conditions.
• The U.S. government is conducting counter-terror activities in 76 countries, vastly expanding the counter-terror war across the globe.
• The wars have been accompanied by erosions in civil liberties and human rights at home and abroad.
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