Sunday, March 22, 2009

Iraq War by the Numbers - 2003 to Now

Iraq: Key figures since the war began
By The Associated Press - Wed Mar 18, 12:38 pm ET

MILITARY AND PRIVATE CONTRACTOR INVOLVEMENT

U.S. TROOP LEVELS IN IRAQ

_March 31, 2003: 90,000.
_Current troop level, on March 13, 2009: 138,000.
_Month with highest level of troops in Iraq: October 2007, at 166,000.

COALITION TROOP LEVELS


_Total number of countries who participated in "Coalition for the Immediate Disarmament of Iraq" at start of war: 31, including the United States.
_Current number in coalition: 4 — United States, United Kingdom, Australia, Romania.

PRIVATE CONTRACTORS

_Number of U.S. private contractors in Iraq: 190,000, August 2008.
_Number of deaths of U.S. private contractors in Iraq: 1,306, as of Dec. 31, 2008.

IRAQI SECURITY FORCES

_Total trained and equipped, July 2005: approximately 171,300.
_Total trained to date, regardless of active status, October 2008: 561,159.

U.S., COALITION, AND IRAQI CASUALTIES

U.S. TROOPS

_Total number of U.S. troops who have died as of March 17, 2009: at least 4,259.
_States with the highest number of U.S. troop deaths as of March 17, 2009: California, 457; Texas, 402; Pennsylvania, 192; Florida, 188; New York, 182; Ohio, 174; Michigan, 156; Illinois, 151.

_Total number of U.S. troops wounded in action as of Feb. 28, 2009: at least 31,102.
_Total number of U.S. troops wounded, injured or sickened (non-hostile, using medical air transport) as of Feb. 28, 2009: at least 36,106.

COALITION TROOPS

_Total number of coalition troops (non-U.S.) who have died as of March 17, 2009: at least 307.

IRAQI CIVILIAN CASUALTIES:

_Killed since the 2003 invasion, according to the Iraq Body Count database: more than 91,121

COST OF THE WAR

OVERALL COST:

_ According to the National Priorities Project: Over $605 billion.
_ According to the Congressional Research Service, total funds approved by Congress Congress for the Iraq War: more than $657 billion.
_ Additional war costs over the next 10 years projected by the Congressional Budget Office August 2008: range from $440 billion to $865,000 billion.
_Total tab for Iraq war, accounting for continued military operations, growing debt and interest payments and continuing health care and counseling costs for veterans according to economists Linda Bilmes and Joseph Stiglitz: at least $3 trillion.

COST PER MONTH:

_In April 2003, Andrew Natsios of the U.S. Agency for International Development said the cost of rebuilding Iraq could be $1.7 billion.
_As of July 2008, the Department of Defense's monthly obligations for contracts and pay averaged about $9.9 billion for Iraq.

INDICTMENTS AND CONVICTIONS

_As of Jan. 30, 2009, the work of Special Inspector General for Iraq Reconstruction investigators has resulted in 20 arrests, 19 indictments, 14 convictions, and more than $17 million in fines, forfeitures, recoveries and restitutions.

QUALITY OF LIFE

NATIONWIDE UNEMPLOYMENT RATE:

_January 2004: 30-45 percent
_January 2009: 23-38 percent

COST OF A BARREL OF OIL:

_March 28, 2003: $21.50
_March 6, 2009:
$43.84

OIL PRODUCTION:


_Prewar:
2.58 million barrels per day.
_Feb. 28, 2009:
2.32 million barrels per day.

WATER:


_Prewar: 12.9 million people had potable water.
_Jan. 15, 2009:
21.2 million people have potable water.

SEWERAGE
:

_Prewar: 6.2 million people served.
_Dec. 31, 2008:
11.3 million people served.

TELEPHONES:


_Prewar land lines: 833,000.
_Jan. 5, 2009: 1,300,000.

_Prewar cell phones: 80,000.
_Jan. 5, 2009: An estimated 14.7 million.

INTERNET SUBSCRIBERS:

_September 2003: 4,900.
_Jan. 5, 2009:
688,410.

ELECTRICITY:


_Prewar nationwide: 3,958 megawatts. Hours per day (estimated): 4-8.
_March 10, 2009 nationwide: 5,410 megawatts. Hours per day: 15.6.

_Prewar Baghdad: 2,500 megawatts. Hours per day (estimated): 16-24.
_March 10, 2009 Baghdad: Megawatts not available. Hours per day: 16.8.

Note: Current Baghdad megawatt figures are no longer reported by the U.S. State Department's Iraq Weekly Status Report.

REFUGEES AND EMIGRANTS

INTERNAL REFUGEES:

_2008:
Some 195,000 internally displaced Iraqis were able to return home. However, as of November 2008, there were at least 2.8 million people still displaced inside Iraq.

EMIGRANTS:


_Prewar: 500,000 Iraqis living abroad.
_January 2009: Close to 2 million, mainly in Syria and Jordan.
_2008: Some 25,000 refugees were able to return home.


All figures are the most recent available.

Sources:
The Associated Press, State Department, Defense Department, Special Inspector General for Iraq Reconstruction, The Brookings Institution, Office of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees, National Priorities Project, Department of Labor, Congressional Research Service, Congressional Budget Office, Iraq Body Count, Energy Information Administration, ABC News.

AP researchers Monika Mathur, Julie Reed and Rhonda Shafner compiled this report.



By any measure the good guys won, the bad guys lost, and now it's up to Iraq to keep what was won at the cost of thousands of lives, too much blood and treasure.




The life of Indigo Red is full of adventure. Tune in next time for the Further Adventures of Indigo Red.

6 comments:

Mike's America said...

By nearly every measure life in Iraq is much better than it was under Saddam.

To me that is a BIG VICTORY if you believe in REAL PEACE with JUSTICE.

Indigo Red said...

A very big victory, indeed, Mike.

And one more, too. Iraq Body Count was originally claiming 100,000 dead Iraqi civilians in just the first months of the war. Now they cop to only 91,121. What happend to all the civilian dead?

Anonymous said...

Numbers don't lie, but liberals do. Don

Gayle said...

Let's pray that the Iraqis can hold it together, Indigo.

Indigo Red said...

I think Iraqis have a good chance of keeping the liberty gained at such a high cost. In an ABC report from Iraq this week, they indicated that for the first time that reporter had seen, Iraqi civilians actully trusted their own forces on an individual and group basis. That's very fragile, but it's a start.

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