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    24 June 2004
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    From "Paying the Price: The Mounting Costs of the Iraq War" by Phyllis Bennis and the Iraq Task Force of the Institute for Policy Studies.

    This is just a quick outline:

    Just the Numbers

    Total number of coalition military deaths between the start of war and June 16, 2004: 952 (836 U.S.)

    Of those 952, the number killed after President George W. Bush declared “an end to major combat operations” on May 1, 2003: 693

    Number of U.S. troops wounded in combat since the war began: 5,134 (Number ill or injured in “non-combat” incidents estimated to be over 11,000)

    Number of U.S. troops wounded in combat since President George W. Bush declared “an end to major combat operations” on May 1, 2003: 4,593

    Number of civilian contractors, missionaries, and civilian workers killed: 50-90

    Number of international media workers killed: 30
    Iraqi civilians killed: 9,436 to 11,317

    Iraqi civilians injured: 40,000 (est.)

    Iraqi soldiers and insurgents killed prior to May 1, 2003: 4,895 to 6,370

    The bill so far: $126.1 billion

    Additional amount to cover operations through 2004: $25 billion

    What $151 billion could have paid for in the U.S.:

    Housing vouchers: 23 million

    Health care for uninsured Americans: 27 mil.

    Salaries for elementary school teachers: 3 mil.

    New fire engines: 678,200

    Head Start slots: 20 million

    Estimated long-term cost of war to every U.S. household: $3,415

    Amount contractor Halliburton is alleged to have charged for meals never served to troops and for cost overruns on fuel deliveries: $221 million

    Kickbacks received by Halliburton employees from subcontractors: $6 million

    Percentage of Americans who now feel that “the situation in Iraq was not worth going to war over.”: 54

    Percentage of Iraqis who said they would feel safer if U.S. and other foreign troops left the country immediately: 55

    Percentage of U.S. soldiers in Iraq reporting low morale: 52

    Percentage of soldiers who said they would not re-enlist: 50

    Percentage of wounded unable to return to duty: 64

    Number of soldiers whose tours of duty have been extended by the Army: 20,000

    Percentage of reserve troops who earn lower salaries while on deployment: 30-40

    Fraction of National Guard troops among U.S. force now in Iraq: 1/3

    Percentage of U.S. police departments missing officers due to Iraq deployments: 44

    Effect on al Qaeda of the Iraq war, according to International Institute for Strategic Studies: “Accelerated recruitment”

    Estimated number of al Qaeda terrorists as of May 2004: 18,000 with 1,000 active in Iraq

    Percentage of Iraqis expressing “no confidence” in U.S. civilian authorities or coalition forces: 80

    Iraq’s oil production in 2002: 2.04 mil. barrels/day

    Iraq’s oil production in 2003: 1.33 mil. barrels/day

    Price of a gallon of gasoline in the U.S. in May 2004: more than $2


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