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The Death Count in 'War on Terror' Has Reached Over Half a Million People
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Friday, 09 November 2018 13:44

Excerpt: "Between 480,000-507,000 people were killed in Afghanistan, Pakistan and Iraq in the wake of 9/11 attacks, study says."

U.S. troops. (photo: Getty)
U.S. troops. (photo: Getty)

The Death Count in 'War on Terror' Has Reached Over Half a Million People

By Al Jazeera

09 November 18

Between 480,000-507,000 people were killed in Afghanistan, Pakistan and Iraq in the wake of 9/11 attacks, study says.

undreds of thousands of people in Pakistan have been killed due to the so-called "war on terror" launched by the United States in the wake of the September 11, 2001 attack, according to a new study.

The report, which was published on Saturday by the Brown University's Watson Institute for International and Public Affairs, put the death toll between 480,000 and 507,000.

The toll includes civilians, armed fighters, local police and security forces, as well as US and allied troops.

The report states that between 182,272 and 204,575 civilians have been killed in Iraq; 38,480 in Afghanistan; and 23,372 in Pakistan. Nearly 7,000 US troops were killed in Iraq and Afghanistan in the same period.

The paper, however, acknowledged that the number of people killed is an "undercount" due to limitations in reporting and "great uncertainty in any count of killing in war".

"We may never know the total direct death toll in these wars," wrote Nera Crawford, the author of the report titled "Human Cost of the Post-9/11 Wars: Lethality and the Need for Transparency".

"For example, tens of thousands of civilians may have died in retaking Mosul and other cities from ISIS [also known as ISIL] but their bodies have likely not been recovered."

'War remains intense'

People who were indirectly killed as a result of war, such as through disease or bad infrastructure, were also not included in the report.

In a statement, Brown University said the new toll "is a more than 110,000 increase over the last count, issued just two years ago in August 2016".

"Though the war on terror is often overlooked by the American public, press and lawmakers, the increased body count signals that, far from diminishing, this war remains intense."

As an example, the US war in Afghanistan, which has been the country's longest military invasion for 17 years, has lessened in intensity in recent years, but the number of civilians killed in 2018 has been one of the war's highest.

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+11 # Rodion Raskolnikov 2018-11-09 15:45
This count seems tragically low. The authors acknowledge that and state clearly that it is especially hard to count indirect deaths. The estimate based on an "excess death" statistical analysis done by the Johns Hopkins School of Public Health puts the number well above 2 million for Iraq alone.

It is also tragic that we seem to have totally forgotten that when the US invaded Afghanistan in Oct. 2001, more than half the population was totally dependent on UN food shipments from neighboring countries. Some 17 million people would have no food in the coming winter without the 1000s of trucks that came in from neighboring nations every week. When the US invaded, it closed the border, bombed truck convoys, bombs food storage warehouses and in short shut off the food supply to 17 million people.

As a response to public outcry, the US dropped a few million "meals ready to eat" around the country. But what is a few million meals to a population of 17 million who need to eat at least one time a day.

How many Afghans died of starvation or sickness related to malnutrition? No one knows but surely the number is high.

There is only one conclusion -- the Global War on Terror has been a holocaust every bit as deadly as Hitler's WW II holocaust. In a holocaust no one ever sees all the death; it is just too massive and widespread. This holocaust is the legacy of Bush/Cheney. Too bad Obama and Trump have been too cowardly to stop it.
0 # futhark 2018-11-10 10:07
In his 2016 campaign Donald Trump promised to tell who really knocked down the World Trade Center towers.

The world is still waiting for this information.
+4 # tedrey 2018-11-10 03:45
A historical reminder
From the Guardian
Sun 14, Oct 2001

Bush rejects Taliban offer to hand Bin Laden over

President George Bush rejected as "non-negotiable " an offer by the Taliban to discuss turning over Osama bin Laden if the United States ended the bombing in Afghanistan.

Returning to the White House after a weekend at Camp David, the president said the bombing would not stop, unless the ruling Taliban "turn [bin Laden] over, turn his cohorts over, turn any hostages they hold over." He added, "There's no need to discuss innocence or guilt. We know he's guilty". In Jalalabad, deputy prime minister Haji Abdul Kabir - the third most powerful figure in the ruling Taliban regime - told reporters that the Taliban would require evidence that Bin Laden was behind the September 11 terrorist attacks in the US, but added: "we would be ready to hand him over to a third country".

And later, of course, Bush knowingly attacked Iraq, a country not involved in 9/11.

The attack on the Twin Towers was revenged many times over . . . on innocent people. Bush, Cheney, and their partners in mass murder still go free.
0 # video4315 2018-11-12 08:31
...and W continues to paint with no guilt and receives awards for his efforts to help wounded veterans. He is grateful that Trump came along to boost the name of George W. Bush from the leading candidate for worst U.S. President.
+5 # futhark 2018-11-10 10:01
No doubt that the "War on Terror" is a war of terror for those in the targeted countries and probably a primary cause of antipathy toward and an incitement for violence against the United States of America.

All this is made more tragic by the fact that the proximal cause for this war, the 9/11 attacks, has never been investigated dispassionately , thoroughly, and objectively. It still seems to me that certain parties within the United States and its allies abroad had vested interests, resources, and opportunities to make this happen and have been successful beyond their wildest dreams in initiating and continuing a war that is an engine of perpetual profits.