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Sunday, January 07, 2007

New Year Update: Costs of Iraq War ? Abstract & Otherwise

Excerpted from LA City Beat:

The Count
Some details on what the United States has lost in Iraq


As of Tuesday January 3, 2007:
  • day 1,386 of the Iraq War ?
  • 3,000 American soldiers have been reported killed, according to The New York Times.
  • 26 of them died at age 18, according to the Associated Press.
  • 308 of them were from California, which according to A.P. is the most of any state.
  • 22,565 American soldiers have been reported wounded in action.*
  • 52,473 is the minimum number of civilians killed in Iraq.
  • $355.1 billion in taxpayer funds have been spent on the war, enough to pay 6.2 million public school teachers one year?s salary.
  • $11.2 billion is L.A. County taxpayers? share.
  • $172.3 million is Pasadena taxpayers? share.
  • 6,273 civilian, police and military deaths were recorded in Iraq in 2006, A.P. reported on Monday. 14,298 of these casualties were civilian, and at least 2,186 of them occurred in December.
  • 3,500 more U.S. troops will be sent to Kuwait, the military announced last week, according to Reuters.
  • 109 is the minimum number of U.S. troops killed last month, making December the deadliest month of 2006 for U.S. service members, according to Reuters.
  • 80 people were killed in violence on Saturday, A.P. reported. In the deadliest attack, 37 Iraqis were killed and 76 were injured by two consecutive bombings.
  • 64 is the estimated number of journalists and media assistants killed in Iraq in 2006, Reporters Without Borders announced Sunday.
  • QUOTE: ?Rumsfeld and Cheney and the president made a big mistake in justifying going into the war in Iraq. They put the emphasis on weapons of mass destruction,? former President Gerald Ford said in a 2004 interview published in The Washington Post after his death last week. ?And now, I?ve never publicly said I thought they made a mistake, but I felt very strongly it was an error in how they should justify what they were going to do.?
  • COUNTDOWN: 748 days remain in President Bush?s final term in office, according to BackwardsBush.com.
  • ?Information compiled by Jon Lewis-Katz and Joe Piasecki from reports by the U.S. Department of Defense, Iraq Body Count, and the National Priorities Project, unless otherwise noted.
*The Pentagon has not updated these statistics since Dec. 29.

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