US ‘war on ter­ror’ has killed 500,000 peo­ple, claims re­port

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WASHINGTON: About half a mil­lion peo­ple have died vi­o­lently in Iraq, Afghanistan and Pak­istan due to the US “war on ter­ror” that was launched fol­low­ing the Septem­ber 11 at­tacks in 2001, ac­cord­ing to a study re­leased on 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 US and al­lied troops. The re­port’s au­thor, Neta Craw­ford, said many of those re­ported by US and lo­cal forces as mil­i­tants may ac­tu­ally have been civil­ians.

409 DRONE AT­TACKS IN PAK­ISTAN SINCE 2004

IS­LAM­ABAD: A to­tal of 409 US drone strike have been con­ducted in Pak­istan since Jan­uary 2004, in which 2,714 peo­ple were killed and 728 in­jured, ac­cord­ing to a me­dia re­port on Fri­day.

A ma­jor­ity of the strikes were con­ducted when the Pak­istan Peo­ple’s Party was in power be­tween 2008 and 2012, the daily quoted of­fi­cials of the Na­tional Counter-Ter­ror­ism Au­thor­ity (Nacta) as say­ing. This pe­riod saw 336 strike, in which 2,282 peo­ple lost their lives and 658 were wounded.

The of­fi­cials said 2010 alone saw 117 at­tacks, that cost 775 lives and in­jured 193.

Be­tween 2013 and 2018, when the PML-N was in power, there were 65 drone strikes that killed 301 peo­ple and in­jured 70. Only two drone strikes have been con­ducted so far this year, in which one per­son was killed and an­other in­jured.

How­ever, the top lead­er­ship of the Pak­istani Tal­iban were killed in drone at­tacks.

The daily also quoted the of­fi­cials as say­ing that 19,177 civil­ians and of­fi­cials were killed and 47,869 in­jured in 18,850 ter­ror-re­lated at­tacks in Pak­istan since 2001. Th­ese at­tacks, they said, mostly tar­geted law en­force­ment agen­cies and were car­ried out with bombs, grenades, mines, mis­siles, rock­ets and sui­cide bombers.

AFP

■ A US Army team car­ries the trans­fer case con­tain­ing the re­mains of Sgt. Stephen Cribben dur­ing at Dover Air Force Base on Thurs­day in Delaware.

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