After nearly 20 years of war, America’s last troops panicked Final departure from Afghanistan on Monday, limit the deadly and botched US withdrawal from the conflict-torn country.
The past two weeks have been filled with scenes of bloodshed and mayhem as tens of thousands of US citizens and Afghans fled the US Taliban-controlled nation before President Biden’s August 31 deadline.
The mass evacuations ended the 19 years and 47 weeks that US forces were stationed in Afghanistan following the September 11, 2001 attacks. A total of 800,000 US soldiers served there.
Biden said in a speech on Tuesday that the war has cost $ 300 million a day for the past 20 years.
Here’s a breakdown of the cost of the war in Afghanistan by the numbers – including lives lost and dollars spent.
Dead and injured:
The number of U.S. soldiers who died during the war is around 2,400.
More than 20,000 Americans were also wounded during that time, according to the Ministry of Defense.
About 1,144 other Allied troops were killed in action.
US soldiers carry the coffin of a soldier who was killed in the terrorist attack on Hamid Karzai International Airport in Kabul on August 27, 2021.U.S. Marines / ZUMA Press Wire Ser
At least 66,000 Afghan soldiers and more than 48,000 Afghan civilians were also killed, the U.S. Special Inspector for the Reconstruction of Afghanistan said (CIGAR), a US government watchdog.
And since 2001 around 75,000 Afghans have been injured in the war.
Just last week, 13 US soldiers and more than 170 Afghans were deployed Killed by an ISIS suicide bomber outside Kabul airport on one of the deadliest days of the war.
A photo of U.S. Marine Staff Sgt.Taylor Hoover, who was killed in the attack on Kabul Airport, on August 29, 2021 at a memorial to him at the Utah State Capitol in Salt Lake City.Photo by George Frey / Getty Image
According to Brown University, 77 journalists and 444 humanitarian workers were also killed in Afghanistan between 2001 and April this year Watson Institute for international and public affairs.
The financial outlay:
According to the Watson Institute’s war costs, the US has spent an estimated $ 2.313 trillion on the war since invading Afghanistan – or $ 300 million a day, Biden said Tuesday.
An estimated $ 837 billion was spent on the fighting alone, according to a SIGAR report from August 2021, citing figures from the Department of Defense.
According to the SIGAR report, about 145 billion US dollars have been allocated to the reconstruction of Afghan security forces, government institutions and the economy.
Since 2008, the US has spent $ 7.8 billion on buildings and vehicles in Afghanistan, a SIGAR review found.
But $ 2 billion of that was essentially wasted, according to the review, as those buildings and vehicles later fell into disrepair or were no longer used as intended.
The exact value of the Weapons and equipment left behind by the US was not immediately known, but should be in the tens of millions.
General Kenneth McKenzie, head of the US Central Command, on Monday flipped down a list of equipment that the US had left behind at Kabul airport when the last troops departed.
A C-RAM defense system, officially known as Counter Rocket Artillery and Mortar, was among the items of equipment left behind. The C-RAM, which detects incoming fire, was activated the day before the withdrawal to destroy five missiles fired by militants near the airport.
About 70 MRAPs, which are Mine Resistant Ambush Protected Vehicles designed to protect against explosions, have also been abandoned by US forces.
A mine-resistant Ambush Protection Vehicle (MRAP) at Kabul Airport after the escape on August 31, 2021.Photo by WAKIL KOHSAR / AFP via Ge
At least 27 light tactical vehicles known as Humvees and 73 aircraft, including helicopters, were also left behind.
Since then, footage of the Taliban has surfaced inspecting weapons and piles of military equipment and uniforms deposited in a hangar at Kabul airport.
The Taliban had already seized Blackhawk helicopters, valued at $ 6 million, during their swift attack to take control of the country.
Of the equipment left at Kabul airport, McKenzie said the troops completely disabled it before escaping.
“It’s a complex process, a complex and time-consuming process, to destroy these systems … so we demilitarized these systems so they would never be used again,” McKenzie said.
“We just felt it was more important to protect our armed forces than bring those systems back.”
Afghans board a military plane to evacuate the country on August 23, 2021.EPA / US Marine Corps photo by S.
Persons who can evacuate:
More than 122,000 people have been evacuated by the United States and its allies in the past two months, the White House said on Monday.
The US said that since August 14, more than 79,000 civilians have been flown out of Kabul on US military planes, including 6,000 Americans and 73,500 Afghans and citizens of other countries.
How Many Americans Are Stranded:
US Secretary of State Antony Blinken estimated that fewer than 200 and possibly almost 100 US citizens wanted to leave Afghanistan but were unable to reach the last few flights.