Just days before the 19th anniversary of the 9/11 terror attacks, according to a new report from Brown University’s Cost of War project, at least 37 million people, and possibly more, have been displaced by America’s “global war on terror” since it was launched by former President George W. Bush’s administration.
The report says that it offers the first comprehensive picture on how many people have been displaced by the conflicts waged by the US as part of the so-called “war on terror.”
“The U.S. post-9/11 wars have forcibly displaced millions of people in and from Afghanistan, Iraq, Pakistan, Yemen, Somalia, the Philippines, Libya, and Syria. This exceeds those displaced by every war since 1900, except World War II,” the report states.
Millions of others have been displaced in smaller conflicts involving US forces in Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Central African Republic, Chad, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Mali, Niger, Saudi Arabia, and Tunisia, according to the report.
A little over 25 million of those who’ve been displaced have returned home, the report added, going on to say that “return does not erase the trauma of displacement or mean that those displaced have returned to their original homes or to a secure life.”
According to the Cost of War project, the federal government’s price tag for the war on terror is over $6.4 trillion, and it’s killed over 800,000 people in direct war violence. As you can see, the price of war is not only financially huge, but very tragic in the loss of lives.
The US still has troops in Afghanistan, which it invaded in October 2001, and the Trump administration is engaged in ongoing, tenuous peace talks with the Taliban. Trump is still insistent on reducing our troops around the world.
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