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Costs of War in the News
Selected articles—

“With scholars of all kinds, from 15 universities plus the United Nations, they looked at the Iraq war specifically and released a report this past March, at the 10-year anniversary of the conflict beginning there.” ( full story) –By Charles H. Guy (Colorado Springs Independent) (11/6/13)

“Among those documenting casualty figures is Neta Crawford’s “Civilian Death and Injury in Afghanistan, 2001–2011,” which estimates an astonishing 19,000 civilians killed in the 13-year war.” (full story) –All4PeaceNow, on the Afghanistan war (10/3/13)

“Altogether the war in Afghanistan has cost American citizens $1.834 trillion, or 30 times President Bush's touted cost. The authors concede this is a conservative figure that excludes the social costs to families caring for veterans and record-breaking rates of veteran suicide, unemployment, homelessness, domestic violence and family breakup with its punishing setbacks for children. Nor does it include the collateral effects of the Afghanistan and Iraq wars: higher oil prices, intensified recession and the loss of domestic jobs.” (full story) –By H. Patricia Hynes (Truthout) (10/7/13)

(full story) –By Shannon Mullen (9/30/13) 

"So far, perhaps the best account of casualties was part of the “Costs of War” report prepared by Brown University’s Watson Institute for International Studies, under the direction of Catherine Lutz and Neta Crawford.” (full story) –By Bob Dreyfuss and Nick Turse (9/18/13) 

"Doing nothing seems immoral, but military intervention poses terrible risks.Those who support military actions against Syria should check out the "Costs of War" project, a nonpartisan initiative based at Brown University's Watson Institute for International Studies at Brown University." (full story) – By John Horgan (8/29/13)


“The U.S. war in Iraq has cost $1.7 trillion with an additional $490 billion in benefits owed to war veterans, expenses that could grow to more than $6 trillion over the next four decades counting interest, a study released on Thursday said.” (full story) – By Daniel Trotta (3/14/13)

“When President Barack Obama cited cost as a reason to bring troops home from Afghanistan, he referred to a $1 trillion price tag for America's wars. Staggering as it is, that figure grossly underestimates the total cost of wars in Iraq, Afghanistan and Pakistan to the U.S. Treasury and ignores more imposing costs yet to come, according to a study released on Wednesday.” (full story) – By Daniel Trotta, Reuters (6/29/11)

Reuters' extensive coverage of the findings was also carried by CBS News and Yahoo News, among many other news outlets worldwide.