65,000 Pakistanis killed due to US ‘war on terror’

Report puts global death toll at between 480,000 and 507,000 people

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STAFF REPORT

Washington

At least 65,000 people have been killed in Pakistan du to the US ‘war on terror’ that was launched following the September 11 attacks in 2001, according to a study.

Out of 65,000 people killed in Pakistan in war on terror, 23,372 were civilians and 8,832 were security officials.

The report by Brown University’s Watson Institute for International and Public Affairs put the global death toll at between 480,000 and 507,000 people — but said the actual number is likely higher.

The new toll “is a more than 110,000 increase over the last count, issued just two years ago in August 2016,” Brown said in a statement.

“Though the war on terror is often overlooked by the American public, press and lawmakers, the increased body count signals that, far from diminishing, this war remains intense.”

The death toll includes insurgents, local police and security forces, civilians and US and allied troops. The report s author, Neta Crawford, said many of those reported by US and local forces as militants may actually have been civilians.

“We may never know the total direct death toll in these wars,” Crawford wrote.

“For example, tens of thousands of civilians may have died in retaking Mosul and other cities from ISIS but their bodies have likely not been recovered.” The report states that between 182,272 and 204,575 civilians have been killed in Iraq, 38,480 in Afghanistan, and 23,372 in Pakistan.

All those who have died indirectly as a result of war, including due to a loss of infrastructure or disease, have not been included in the tally.

Nearly 7,000 US troops have been killed in Iraq and Afghanistan.

The tally does not include all people who have died indirectly as a result of war, including through a loss of infrastructure or disease.

People who were indirectly killed as a result of war, such as through disease or bad infrastructure, were also not included in the report.

In a statement, Brown University said the new toll “is a more than 110,000 increase over the last count, issued just two years ago in August 2016”.

“Though the war on terror is often overlooked by the American public, press and lawmakers, the increased body count signals that, far from diminishing, this war remains intense.”

As an example, the US war in Afghanistan, which has been the country’s longest military invasion for 17 years, has lessened in intensity in recent years, but the number of civilians killed in 2018 has been one of the war’s highest.

On September 11, 2001, al-Qaeda terrorists staged a series of attacks on US infrastructure, including the World Trade Center’s Twin Towers in New York and the Pentagon building near Washington.

About 2,996 people were killed and more than 6,000 others injured in the attacks, which were followed by then-US President George W. Bush declaring “war on terror” on September 16.

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