AN OCCUPATION BY ANY OTHER NAME:
DEATH TOLLS, DESTROYED NATIONThe withdrawal of combat troops in 2011 has reduced American deaths to near none, but at least 4489 soldiers died there after the 2003 invasion. Military figures show that at least 32,239 others were seriously wounded as well.*3
Meanwhile, at least 121,786 civilians in Iraq have died since the invasion.*4 Nearly 9000 died in 2013, with another 1000 killed in January 2014.*5 This level of killing did not exist before the US invasion.
And Iraq, once arguably the most advanced nation in the Middle East, is suffering from massive environmental degradation, with less than 50% as much potable water now available compared to 1977.*6 The countryside is contaminated by the remnants of US artillery tipped with so-called "depleted uranium," (DU) a heavy armor-piercing metal which is, despite its name, extremely toxic and radioactive. A study released in early February found that DU used over 30 years ago is still harmful to humans, warning that "attempts by the UK and US governments to downplay concerns on the findings... are not supported by the available science."*7
Moreover, where women in Iraq enjoyed more equal rights than most any nation in the Middle East before the 1991 attack and 2003 invasion, laws are being proposed to cut back on those rights, including allowing nine year old girls to marry.*8 Back to top
HOW THE WARS KEEP GOING ONWhile the US is continuing to push for Afghanistan to sign a long-term agreement to keep thousands of troops in that country past the end of 2014, some in Congress have been calling for the US to send troops back into Iraq to deal with the militant uprisings there..*9 As mentioned