Afghans inspect a damaged vehicle after the 2021 it was used to fire missiles at the international airport in Kabul (Afghanistan). A report released Tuesday by Brown University’s War Expenditure Project found that more than 4.5 million people died as a result. wars since September 11 File photo by Bashir Darwish/UPI | License photo
May 16 (UPI) — More than 4.5 million people have died in wars since the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, according to a new study by Brown University’s Watson Institute Project on the Costs of War.
The report estimated that between 906,000 and 937,000 people died as a result of direct warfare. Afghanistan, Iraq, Pakistan, Syria, Yemen, Libya and Somalia. In addition, as many as 3.6 million people died indirectly from war-related problems such as economic collapse, food shortages, destruction of public health facilities, environmental pollution, and recurring violence.
The report specifically mentions the US role in these foreign conflicts after 2001. terrorist attacks on US territory.
“These countries have experienced the most brutal wars in which the US government has engaged in the name of counterterrorism since 2001,” the Cost of War project states. “The report states that the actual impact is so vast and complex that it is impossible to quantify, so it does not produce an exact death toll, but instead provides a reasonable and conservative estimate.”
Stephanie Savell, co-director of The Cost of War and author of the report, said the United States is responsible for the damage caused by its war effort.
“The United States government, while not solely responsible for the damage, has a strong commitment to investing in humanitarian aid and reconstruction in post-9/11 war zones,” Savelos said in a statement. “The U.S. government could do a lot more than it does now to take that responsibility.”
In March, the Senate voted to repeal a law passed 20 years ago that allowed the use of American military forces in Iraq.
The bipartisan bill was co-authored by Sen. Todd Young, R-Ind. and Sen. Tim KaineD-Va.
“Finally, the Senate has voted to formally end the decades-long Gulf and Iraq wars. We are proud to lead the bill to get this done,” Kaine said. said in a statement after the vote.
“The mission is accomplished, and the authorizations for war against Iraq are now obsolete and unnecessary,” Kaine said. – Time to abolish them.