Thursday, September 06, 2007


Key figures about Iraq

Key figures about Iraq since the war began in March 2003:
August 2007: 164,000
January 2007: 137,000
-Confirmed U.S. military deaths as of Sept. 4, 2007: 3,739
-Confirmed U.S. military wounded as of Sept. 4, 2007: 27,662
-U.S. military deaths for August 2007: 83
-Deaths of civilian employees of U.S. government contractors as of June 30, 2007: 1,001.
-Iraqi civilian deaths: Estimated at more than 66,000, with one controversial study last year contending there were as many as 655,000. According to Associated Press figures, there were at least 1,975 Iraqi deaths in August 2007.
-Assassinated Iraqi academics: 331.
-Journalists killed on assignment: 112.
-Stepped-up military operations are costing about $12 billion a month, with Iraq accounting for $10 billion per month, according to U.S. congressional analysis.
-Total cost to the U.S. government so far is more than $448 billion. A January 2007 study by Linda Bilmes of Harvard University's Kennedy School of Government put the total projected cost of providing medical care and disability benefits to veterans of Iraq and Afghanistan at $350 billion to $700 billion.
-Prewar: 2.58 million barrels per day.
-Aug. 22, 2007: 1.15 million barrels per day. (Power outages on August 16 and 17 affected crude oil production.)
-Prewar nationwide: 3,958 megawatts. Hours per day (estimated): four to eight.
-Aug. 14, 2007, nationwide: 4,110 megawatts. Hours per day: 10.
-Prewar Baghdad: 2,500 megawatts. Hours per day (estimated): 16-24.
-Aug. 14, 2007, Baghdad: Megawatts not available. Hours per day: 6.1.
-Note: Current Baghdad and nationwide megawatt figures are no longer reported by the U.S. State Department's Iraq Weekly Status Report.
-Prewar land lines: 833,000.
-March 13, 2007: 1,111,000.
-Prewar cell phones: 80,000.
-March 13, 2007: 8,720,038.
-Prewar: 12.9 million people had potable water.
-July 13, 2007: 15.4 million people have potable water.
-Prewar: 6.2 million people served.
-July 13, 2007: 11.3 million people served.
-Aug. 28, 2007: According to the U.N. High Commission for Refugees, approximately 2.2 million people. An estimated 750,000 have been internally displaced since the beginning of 2006.
-Aug. 25, 2007: The Iraqi Red Crescent says the number of registered displaced families inside Iraq doubled since January 1, 2007 - from 447,337 to 1,138,000 as of July 31, 2007.
-Prewar: 500,000 Iraqis living abroad.
-Aug. 28, 2007: More than 2 million in neighboring countries.
Sources: The Associated Press, State Department, Defense Department, Department of Energy, Special Inspector General for Iraq Reconstruction, The Brookings Institution, Iraq Body Count, The Lancet, Iraqi ministries of health and education, U.N. Assistance Mission for Iraq, U.N. High Commission for Refugees, Committee to Protect Journalists, Harvard University, Economist Intelligence Unit, National Priorities Project, International Telecommunication Union, The Brussels Tribunal, USAID, Iraqi Red Crescent, Office of the Secretary of Defense.

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