Friday, March 15, 2013

Study: Iraq war cost 190,000 lives, $2.2 trillion

Study: Iraq war cost 190,000 lives, $2.2 trillion
By Pat Reber
Deutsche Presse-Agentur
Published: March 14, 2013

WASHINGTON — The US-led war in Iraq claimed 190,000 lives and will cost the US government at least 2.2 trillion dollars, according to the findings of a project at Brown University released Thursday.

The Costs of War report, released ahead of the 10th anniversary of the war on March 20, said that the financial calculation included "substantial" costs to care for wounded US veterans.

The total estimate far outstrips the initial projection by president George W Bush's government that the war would cost 50 billion to 60 billion dollars.

More than 70 per cent of those who died of direct war violence in Iraq were civilians, or an estimated 134,000 people. A small number of the 190,000 dead were US casualties: 4,488 US military members and at least 3,400 US contractors, according to the report.
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