As the United States approaches the 19th anniversary of the launch of the “War on Terror,” a new report is giving insight for the first time into just how many people have been displaced—and they say 37 million is a conservative estimate…
It has been nearly two decades since former President George W Bush announced the US was launching a war against terrorism. Now, reports estimate the number of people displaced could be as high as nearly 60 million.
This, according to Brown University’s “Cost of War Project,” which found that at least 37 million people have been displaced. They say that is a very conservative estimate, noting that the actual number is likely closer to 48 or even 59 million.
But even at 37 million, the War on Terror has impacted more people than any conflict since World War II. It is the equivalent of displacing nearly every resident in the state of California, or the entire population of Canada.
The report from the Cost of War Project, which is the first of its kind, looked at the eight countries hit hardest by US intervention after 9/11. This includes 1.2 million in Libya since 2011, 3.7 million in Pakistan since 2001, 4.2 million in Somalia since 2002, 4.4 million in Yemen since 2002, 5.3 million in Afghanistan since 2001, 7.1 million in Syria since 2014, and a devastating 9.2 million in Iraq since 2003.
A 2019 report estimated that the US has spent more than $6.4 trillion on war since 9/11, and the number of people who have died as a result of those conflicts hit one million in Iraq alone, just five years after the US invaded.
President Trump has repeatedly said he wants to “end the endless wars” and this week he is expected to announced plans to reduce troops in Iraq and Afghanistan ahead of the upcoming election. But that hasn’t stopped the US from increasing its military presence in other areas. Mainly, the Indo-Pacific.
Following a meeting with US officials, reports claim “The Republic of Palau has asked the Pentagon to build ports, bases and airfields on the island nation,” which would offer “a boost to US military expansion plans in Asia, as Washington aims to counter China.” But even as the increased tensions between Washington and Beijing become a main focus of the US, questions still remain as to whether the War on Terror will even truly come to an end.