Tuesday, May 3, 2011

Bin Laden: 3,519 days, 2 wars, $1.283 trillion, tens of thousands of lives

Here are some key figures associated with the so-called "war on terror" centred on the figure of Osama bin Laden:

The FBI website declares that Usama Bin Laden is deceased
The FBI website declares that Usama Bin Laden is deceased 

2 - wars initiated by the US following the September 11 attacks in 2001
$1.283 trillion - spent by US taxpayers fighting wars in Afghanistan and Iraq and associated operations, according to Congressional figures
3,519 - days from September 11 attacks until death of Osama bin Laden
4,240 – victims of bomb attacks in Pakistan blamed on al-Qaeda in the last four years alone
2,996 – people killed in the 9/11 terrorist attacks in the US in 2001
52 - the number of innocent victims killed in the July 7 bombings on London's transport network
109,895 – civilians killed in Iraq since 2003 US-led invasion, according to Iraq Body Count
30,452 – people killed in Pakistan alone since start of the so-called "war on terror", according to a recent military estimate
6,003 – US personnel killed serving in Iraq and Afghanistan since 2001
543 - British personnel killed in Afghanistan and Iraq since 2001
120,000 – past and present British personnel who served in Iraq - with more than 100,000 in Afghanistan
$27 million – rewards offered for information leading to apprehension of Osama bin Laden
2,795 –Pakistani soldiers killed fighting al-Qaeda since 2004
30,000 – extra US troops deployed to Afghanistan under President Obama's surge
33,000 – number of Twitter users now following Sohaib Athar, a resident of Abbottabad who tweeted details of the operation

- The Telegraph -