Two Years After the Invasion: Iraq by the Numbers

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200: Lowest estimated number in billions of U.S. taxpayers dollars that have been spent on the war in Iraq

152,000: Estimated number of troops currently deployed in Iraq

1,511: U.S. troops killed in Iraq since the invasion

11,285: Americans wounded since the invasion was launched two years ago

21,100-39,300: Estimated number of Iraqi civilians killed since the invasion by violence from war and crime

176: Non-U.S. coalition troops killed in Iraq since the invasion

339: Coalition troops killed by Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs)

70: Daily average number of insurgent attacks on coalition forces in February 2005

14: Daily average number of insurgent attacks on coalition forces in February 2004

18,000: Estimated number of insurgents in Iraq today

5,000: Estimated number of insurgents in Iraq in June 2003
27 vs. 14: Countries remaining in the “coalition of the willing” versus number of coalition troops that have withdrawn all their forces or announced their intention to do so

25,000: Non-U.S. coalition troops still in Iraq

4,500: Troops that Italy and the Netherlands have pledged to withdraw before the end of the year

271,000: Number of Iraqi security forces – including police, border, and national guard forces – that the U.S. says it wants to train by July 2006

142,472: Iraqi security troops the Pentagon says it has trained and equipped

40,000: Iraqi troops that General Richard Myers, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, said are adequately trained and equipped to handle most threats

40: Percent of U.S. troops in Iraq that belong to the National Guard and Reserve

0: Number of active Army combat units deployed to Iraq that have received the required year-long break from active duty required by Pentagon rules

30: Percent by which the U.S. National Guard missed its recruitment targets in November and December 2004

27: Percent by which the U.S. Army missed its recruitment goals in the past month

15: Percent of military personnel, according to GAO, who have served in Iraq and Afghanistan, who could develop Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)

2: Estimated output of Iraqi oil industry in millions of barrels per day

2.8: Estimated output of Iraqi oil industry in millions of barrels per day before the U.S. invasion

8: Average number of hours that Iraqis have electricity per day

28-40: Estimated Iraqi unemployment rate

4.3: Millions of children enrolled in primary school today

3.6: Millions of children enrolled in primary school in 2000

108: Millions of dollars in Halliburton overcharges hidden from international auditors by the Pentagon

9: Billions of dollars the Coalition Provisional Authority cannot account for of all funds dispensed for Iraq reconstruction

* Inspired by the Harper’s Index, with thanks to the editors.

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  1. I will not argue with any of those numbers, Barnie; but there is one number that you omitted.

    25,000,000 (25 million): Number or Iraqis freed from a murderous, oppresive, bastardized regime.

  2. Awww. So cute. I hope we spend $200 billion and 1500 lives ever 2 years to free people from moderately oppresive regimes.

    For the record, I supported the war strongly when we launched it. After realizing that saddam’s “threat” was a joke, like any sane person, I rethought the matter.

  3. Anonymous Avatar

    Thanks for posting that Barnie!!!

  4. E M Risse Avatar
    E M Risse


    Now add the results in Afghanastan where some now pine to the telaban to control violence and drug production.

    Like Paul, we supported both wars based on what we knew at the time.

    What we did not know was that the a lot of the rationale for going to war, especially for going to war without our Second World War alies were false.

    We also did not know how miserabley the national government was prepared to win the peace.

    We raised three questions in our 24 March 2003 column at the outset of the war. No one has answered them yet and that was two years.


  5. Right on Barnie! Send it to the White House.

  6. John K. Avatar

    [Rhetorical Question Alert]: I’m curious…what did we spend on the war effort in WWII and thereafter on the Marshall Plan and its adjuncts to rebuild Europe and how quickly (or slowly) did we realize a return on our enormous sacrifices on that continent?

    I’m guessing here but I’d be willing to wager that the liberation of Iraq is but a fraction of those sacrifices–certainly in terms of lives lost. Meanwhile, things are improving. In time, these first green shoots of democracy will take hold in Iraq and throughout the region.

  7. To compare the Iraq war to WWII is ludicrous.

  8. Solomon-2 Avatar

    When I was a kid they had those shooting galleries where the bear crawled to the left and then when you shot it, it reared up, turned aorund and crawled to the right until shot again. Every time I see a U.S. vehicle convoy going down a street in Irag I am reminded of the old shooting gallery. For far less than $200 Billion we could pave all the new streets we want in Iraq and kill anything that moves onthem that is not us.

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