How Many Have Died in America’s Post-9/11 Wars?

March 29th, 2024 - by Nicolas J. S. Davies / MintPress News & Donald Smith / Progressive Memes

How Many Millions Have Been Killed
in America’s Post-9/11 Wars?
Nicolas J. S. Davcies / MintPress News

How many people have been killed in America’s post-9/11 wars? I have been researching and writing about that question since soon after the US launched these wars, which it has tried to justify as a response to terrorist crimes that killed 2,996 people in the US on September 11th 2001.

But no crime, however horrific, can justify wars on countries and people who were not responsible for the crime committed, as former Nuremberg prosecutor Ben Ferencz patiently explained to NPR at the time.

“The Iraq Death Toll 15 Years After the US Invasion” which I co-wrote with Medea Benjamin, estimates the death toll in Iraq as accurately and as honestly as we can in March 2018. Our estimate is that about 2.4 million people have probably been killed in Iraq as a result of the historic act of aggression committed by the US and UK in 2003.

In this report, I will explain in greater detail how we arrived at that estimate and provide some historical context. In Part 2 of this report, I will make a similar up-to-date estimate of how many people have been killed in America’s other post-9/11 wars.

I explored these same questions in Chapter 7 of my book, Blood On Our Hands: the American Invasion and Destruction of Iraq, and in previous articles, from “Burying the Lancet Report… and the Children” in 2005 to “Playing Games With War Deaths” in 2016.

In each of those accounts, I explained that estimates of war deaths regularly published by UN agencies, monitoring groups and the media are nearly all based on fragmentary “passive reporting,” not on comprehensive mortality studies.

Of the countries where the US and its allies have been waging war since 2001, Iraq is the only country where epidemiologists have conducted mortality studies based on the best practices that they have developed and used in other war zones (like Angola, Bosnia, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Guatemala, Kosovo, Rwanda, Sudan and Uganda). In all these countries, as in Iraq, the results of comprehensive epidemiological studies revealed between 5 and 20 times more deaths than previously published figures based on passive reporting.

Body Count: Casualty Figures After 10 Years of the ‘War on Terror,’ a report published by Physicians for Social Responsibility (PSR) in 2015 found that the 2006 Lancet study was the most comprehensive and reliable mortality study conducted in Iraq, based on its study design, the experience and independence of the research team, the short time elapsed since the deaths it documented and its consistency with other measures of violence in occupied Iraq.

That study estimated that about 601,000 Iraqis were killed in the first 39 months of war and occupation in Iraq, while the war had also caused about 54,000 non-violent deaths.

In the other countries affected by America’s post-9/11 wars, the only reports of how many people have been killed are either compiled by the UN based on investigations of incidents reported to local UN Assistance Missions (as in Iraq and Afghanistan), or by the UN or independent monitoring groups like the Syrian Observatory for Human RightsIraq Body Count (IBC) and Airwars based on passive reports from government agencies, health facilities or local or foreign media.

These passive reports are regularly cited by UN and government agencies, media and even by activists as “estimates” of how many people have been killed, but that is not what they are. By definition, no compilation of fragmentary reports can possibly be a realistic estimate of all the people killed in a country ravaged by war.

Read the entire article online at Mint Press News

Scorecard of US Lies
About its Wars and Proxy Wars
Donald Smith / Progressive Memes

War Number killed  Lied? Notes
Vietnam 3 to 4 million Gulf of Tonkin incident, The Pentagon Papers
Indonesia 1 million The Jakarta Method 
Dirty wars in
Latin America
100s of thousands Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Guatemala, Haiti, Nicaragua,Panama, Venezuela
CIA meddling and brutal US sanctions continue to this day.
No wonder there’s a migration crisis at the southern border.
Kosovo/Serbia 100s of thousands We were told it was a noble intervention.
The US allied with terrorists, the KLA.
Key US Ally Indicted for Organ Trade Murder Scheme
Afghanistan 100s of thousands The Afghanistan Papers revealed repeated lies.
Syria over half a million The US allied with Al Qaeda.
Syria fiasco and Casualities of the Syrian civil war
Libya thousands Libya was prosperous. US bombing turned it into a basket case.
Libya: The Forgotten Victims
Iraq 1.5 to 3.5 million No WMDs, no connection to 9/11.
How many millions have been killed in America’s Post-9/11 Wars?
Ukraine 100s of thousands The US exploited divisions between pro-Western and pro-Russian regions of Ukraine and launched a regime change operation, including helping overthrow the government in 2014 and arming far-right groups that had been condemned by Congress and the mainstream media.
Senior US diplomats and two Secretaries of Defense warned that aggressive NATO expansion into Ukraine would result in a war.
The RAND Corporation recommended arming Ukraine as the best way to weaken Russia and predicted it would cause a war.

Would the US allow Russia to overthrow a government in Canada and form a heavily armed hostile military alliance with it?

Harpers: Why are we in Ukraine?
How the US Provoked Russia in Ukraine

The depths of the CIA’s dirty tricks are unfathomable; in Ukraine they tried hard to hide their tracks. And now the US is actively preparing for war with China.