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New Study Suggests US Responsible for 500,000 Deaths in Post-9/11 Wars

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In this Monday, Aug. 8, 2011 photo, U.S. Army Pvt. 1st Class David Hedge from Bealeton, Va., front, and fellow soldiers from 1st Battalion, 18th Infantry Regiment are bathed in rotor wash moments after arriving by Blackhawk helicopter for an operation to disrupt weapons smuggling in Istaqlal, north of Baghdad, Iraq. A radical anti-American Shiite cleric is calling on U.S. troops in Iraq to leave the country and go back to their families or risk more attacks. The rare statement by Muqtada al-Sadr was translated into English and posted Tuesday on his website. In it, the powerful Iraqi cleric appeals directly to the roughly 46,000 U.S. troops still in the country. He says Iraq does not need their help.

Maya Alleruzzo

The Cost of War Project from Brown University is a team of scholars, human rights practitioners, physicians and legal experts whose aim is to shed light on the financial, political and human costs of the “post-9/11 wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, and the related violence in Pakistan and Syria”. The newest study found that around a half-million people died as a result of U.S. involvement in Iraq, Pakistan, and Afghanistan between 2001 and 2011. The study estimated that an additional half million people have died as a result of the War in Syria since 2011. To discuss some of the findings from the project we are joined by Neta C. Crawford. Crawford is one the Directors of the Costs of War Project at Brown University. She is the Political Science Chair at Boston University and author of Accountability for Killing: Moral Responsibility for Collateral Damage in America's Post-9/11 Wars.

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