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• 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 reenlist:

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

Paying the Price: The Mounting Costs of the Iraq War

Hot facts from the study by the Institute for Policy Studies and Foreign Policy In Focus

Paying the Price: The Mounting Costs of the Iraq War by Phyllis Bennis and the IPS Iraq Task Force: Sarah Anderson, John

Cavanagh, Karen Dolan, Erik Leaver, Miriam Pemberton, Amy Quinn, Marc Raskin, Michael Sochynsky, Adam Waxman, and

Emira Woods. Released June 24, 2004. Full 54-page report available online at http://www.ips-dc.org/iraq/costsofwar

The Institute for Policy Studies, 733 15th Street NW, Suite 1020, Washington, DC, 20005, 202-234-9382, fax 202-387-7915,

http://www.ips-dc.org. Foreign Policy In Focus, http://www.fpif.org

 

 
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