U.S. ‘war on ter­ror’ has killed 500,000 peo­ple: study

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WASH­ING­TON: About half a mil­lion peo­ple have died vi­o­lently in Iraq, Afghanistan and Pak­istan due to the U.S. “war on ter­ror” that was launched fol­low­ing the Sept. 11 at­tacks in 2001, ac­cord­ing to a study re­leased Thurs­day.

The re­port by Brown Uni­ver­sity’s Wat­son In­sti­tute for In­ter­na­tional and Pub­lic Af­fairs put the death toll at be­tween 480,000 and 507,000 peo­ple – but said the ac­tual num­ber is likely higher.

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

“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.”

The death toll in­cludes in­sur­gents, lo­cal po­lice and se­cu­rity forces, civil­ians and U.S. and al­lied troops.

The re­port’s au­thor, Neta Craw­ford, said many of those re­ported by U.S. and lo­cal forces as mil­i­tants may ac­tu­ally have been civil­ians.

“We may never know the to­tal di­rect death toll in th­ese wars,” Craw­ford wrote.

“For ex­am­ple, tens of thou­sands of civil­ians may have died in re­tak­ing Mo­sul and other cities from ISIS [Daesh] but their bod­ies have likely not been re­cov­ered.”

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.

Mo­sul was re­cap­tured by Iraqi forces from Daesh in a vi­o­lent 8month bat­tle in 2017 with the sup­port of the U.S. mil­i­tary.

Nearly 7,000 U.S. troops have been killed in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Iraq is fac­ing a spate of bomb­ings and kid­nap­pings in re­cent months that has raised con­cerns about se­cu­rity. The tally does not in­clude all peo­ple who have died in­di­rectly as a re­sult of war, in­clud­ing through a loss of in­fra­struc­ture or dis­ease. –

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