Tuesday, March 19, 2013

More Iraqi Dead On Tenth Anniversary of War

Posted By on Tue, Mar 19, 2013 at 9:04 AM

A study by Brown University's Watson Institute for International Studies estimates that the war in Iraq has cost the United States $1.7 trillion thus far, with an additional $490 billion in benefits owed to war veterans. The report concluded that the war cost could grow to more than $6 trillion over the next 40 years.

More than 4,400 American armed service members made the ultimate sacrifice by giving their lives to fight the Iraq War, which officially began on this date 10 years ago. Additionally, the war killed as many as 180,000 Iraqi civilians, security forces, insurgents, journalists and aid workers.

Soon after the American engagement in the war, Idaho joined the rest of the United States in sending thousands of its best young men and women to flight in the conflict, which was waged concurrently with the war in Afghanistan.

More than 5,000 members of the Idaho National Guard were deployed to combat zones across the world during the two conflicts.

At least 68 Idahoans have been killed in war since the attacks of Sept. 11, 2001.

Meanwhile, a series of car bomb explosions rocked the Iraq capital of Baghdad this morning, killing dozens of people on this 10th anniversary of the U.S. invasion of Iraq.

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