Wednesday, April 2, 2008

Iraq - just the facts

Brief time line of the 5 year war in Iraq and statistics from
  • March 19, 2003 - President Bush ordered U.S. troops into Iraq after months of warnings that then-Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein was concealing stockpiles of chemical and biological weapons and efforts to build a nuclear bomb
  • U.N. weapons inspectors found no sign of banned weapons before the invasion, and the CIA later concluded that Iraq had dismantled its weapons programs in the 1990s
  • early April 2003 - Hussein's government fell
  • December 2006 - Iraq's new government executed Hussein
  • Late March 2008 - the 4000th American death in Iraq
The American death toll - 4,000+ deaths
    • 3,263 have been killed in attacks and fighting
    • 737 in non-hostile incidents, such as traffic accidents and suicides
Iraqi death toll and displacement of Iraqis (source: U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees)
    • from about 80,000 to the hundreds of thousands of Iraqis dead (20 times more than the number of American deaths)
    • Another 2 million Iraqis have been forced to leave the country
    • 2.5 million Iraqis are displaced within Iraq
  • Nearly 160,000 U.S. troops remain in Iraq
  • $600 billion - cost to U.S. taxpayers (source: the House Budget Committee)
  • The conflict is now widely unpopular among Americans:
    • Only 32 percent of Americans support the conflict.
    • 61 percent said they want the next president to remove most U.S. troops within a few months of taking office (source: a recent CNN-Opinion Research Corp. poll)

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