3196 days after 'shock and awe,' an end to the war
December 17th, 2011
11:52 PM ET

3196 days after 'shock and awe,' an end to the war

In a final tactical road march, the last U.S. troops in Iraq crossed the border into Kuwait Sunday morning, ending almost nine years of a deadly and divisive war.

The war by the numbers:

Nearly 4,500 US troops killed

Over 32,000 troops injured

Over 100,000 Iraqi civilians killed

166,000 troops were deployed at the peak of the surge

The war lasted 3196 days

The war has cost $806 billion

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  4. C.Brown

    100k civilians killed is a lot but for those that havn't served yet are passing judgment please realize that these things happen in war and if you were to compare the deaths in Iraq to those of any war in world history you will see how much trouble we now go through to avoid civilian casualties.

    December 19, 2011 at 9:13 am | Reply
    • chelsea


      December 19, 2011 at 4:13 pm | Reply
  5. cas

    Over 100,000 Iraqi civilians killed. That is the only relevant statistic. Many of these families were living their mundane lives like many of us, careless of power struggles and geo-political ambitions of fat cat politicians.... The war accomplished nothing other than killing civilians. Iraq has been handed from one regime to another, no viable democracy can exist in its ongoing bloodbath.. Russia and China got the oil deals....trillion of dollar in dept....ABSOLUTE FAIL BROUGHT TO YOU BY THE GOP AND FAUX NEWS LIARS.

    December 19, 2011 at 12:49 am | Reply
  6. chelsea

    why aren't Bush-Cheney-Rumsfeld-Rice being held accountable for the wasted treasure in lives( both innocent Iraqi's & American), the US economic collapse and diminishing Global leadership standing for a failed war in Iraq, waged on false pretenses, from which the US will NEVER RECOVER... The winners? Bin Laden, Haliburton, Brown & Root, Blackwater (i.e. Bush, Cheney, Rumsfeld families & cronies, Israel & the power elite). WAKE UP AMERICA!!! you were manipulated by the media who served as the handmaiden of the most powerful factions of the dark side of the US Govt.& power elite... learn from your mistakes. ask the deep questions: WHY DOES ISRAEL NOW WANT THE US TO WAGE WAR ON IRAN? WHAT WILL THIS MEAN FOR THE US IF WE DO ALLOW ISRAEL TO ATTACK IRAN, WITH OUR WEAPONRY THAT WE HAVE PROVIDED, FOR A WAR THAT WE WILL PAY FOR? Iran has the largest military IN THE WORLD!! the largest Iran Oil Buyer is CHINA. Iraq was & is a quagmire that America in our arrogant over-confidence failed to see. Afghanistan was & is a quagmire. WE SHOULD GET OUT NOW. the Iraq war was impulsive, based on lies and not planned out except to destroy an innocent country so that the controlling military-industrial complex could benefit from the reconstruction contracts to rebuild the country. Because of of our failure in Iraq, the weaknesses of our national character flaws were exposed. now our day in the sunshine is over. (Destroy an innocent country to rebuild it? There is a novel idea...) Why are we still in Afghanistan when China is the largest Contractor for minerals from Afghanistan? We are not benefitting from this war and regional hatred of America continues to grow. Who is benefitting? the military-industrial contractors who provide the services/supplies for the war, while we continue to borrow money from China to wage war. what are we expecting to gain from this? China is already benefitting with a majority of the mineral extraction contracts from this mineral rich country. We should study the Chinese, they are a few years down the road from us on experimentation with geo-political global strategies and may have learned a few things we could benefit from. Is this the price that we pay for borrowing that money? Are any Americans asking these hard questions while our economy falls further & further into war debt. Afghanistan has already defeated France & Russia in back to back wars that lasted generations and history & historians have warned us... Afghanistan history shows us that we have nothing to gain but further loss of our global stature by recklessly expending further blood & treasure. The truth is America could not afford either the Iraq or Afghanistan wars and we cannot continue to support the Israeli agenda for dominance in this region. Thinking Americans know that if Israel had to pay it's own bills, it would not be the regional spoiled Bully. AMERICA NEEDS TO TAKE CARE OF AMERICANS & AMERICA, NOT ISRAEL!!!

    December 18, 2011 at 8:56 pm | Reply
    • AlexShch

      I afraid that the business plan for the year 2012 is:

      1. A six-month vacation for the troops, starting on January.

      2. Brief (a couple months) warm up in Syria to keep them trained and in good fitness shape.

      3. proceed to the next adventure in Iran.

      December 18, 2011 at 10:49 pm | Reply
  7. Cassandra Chu

    ... what an enormous waste of time, energy, money... and oh, lives. over 100,000 iraqis dead and trillion + spent. way to go, neoCons... you screwed us royally

    December 18, 2011 at 7:17 pm | Reply
  8. Mikah

    This is sad. 100K civilians killed. We waged war on the Iraqi people.

    December 18, 2011 at 7:50 am | Reply
    • ranger 830

      They forgot to mention that 50,000 civilians were killed by their muslims brothers!!!!! Killed for not being the right kid of muslim, or killed while trying to martyr themselves or killed for not wanting to fight the Infadel invaders! Lovely people so full of love and compassion for mankind!!!!! How many civilians were killed in world war two? Good thing we have refrained from the tactic of carpet bombing cities Huh!!!!! Or maybe not!!! Have a merry christmas and piss off!!!!!!

      December 18, 2011 at 5:27 pm | Reply
      • AlexShch

        The unfortunate reality is that by the modern standards Heinz Guderian, Erich von Manstein, and Fedor von Bock are the champions of Geneva Convention because modern wars tend to have much more by-standers killed per one combattent than wars of the past.

        December 18, 2011 at 8:37 pm |
  9. VC

    Pointless war...

    seriously pointless...

    Hats off for the service men & women who served the country though, but it still a lost cause...

    December 18, 2011 at 6:44 am | Reply
  10. AlexShch

    And the point of the whole thing is....?

    December 18, 2011 at 12:54 am | Reply

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