Bloomberg by the Numbers: 4,486

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Members of a U.S. Army carry team carry a flag-draped transfer case containing the remains of U.S. Army Specialist Omar M. Albrak of Chicago during a dignified transfer on the tarmac at Dover Air Force Base on May 12, 2009 in Dover, Delaware. Albrak was killed while serving in Iraq. Today was his 21st birthday.


That’s the number of U.S. military deaths in the war in Iraq that began 10 years ago.

An additional 318 non-U.S. troops have been killed, according to figures compiled by, a Web-site that tracks figures from official sources and news reports.

The same group puts U.S. wounded at more than 32,000.

Iraq Body Count, a London-based nonprofit, estimates that between 111,762 and 122,224 Iraqi civilians died in the violence touched off by the U.S.-led invasion.

The Pentagon says it spent about $729 billion on Iraq war operations.

Ultimately, the price will be $2.2 trillion, including the cost of caring for veterans, according to a report released last week by Brown University’s Watson Institute for International Studies.

The U.S. government has spent about $60 billion on rebuilding Iraq, according to Stuart Bowen, the U.S. inspector general for Iraq reconstruction. Of that, Bowen estimates $9 billion has been lost either through waste or fraud, according to a report released this month.

Iraq’s oil production has recovered from the war and surpassed immediate pre-war levels, approaching the levels hit early in Saddam Hussein’s reign. January shipments averaged 2.35 million barrels a day, according to the government’s oil marketing agency.

A poll by the Pew Research Center shows the U.S. public divided over whether the war was a success. Forty-six percent say the U.S. mostly achieved its aims, while 43 percent say it was mostly a failure. The poll was conducted March 14-17 and has a margin of error of 3.9 percentage points. A Gallup Poll March 7-10 found 53 percent of Americans calling the war a mistake, margin of error, 4 percentage points.

The last U.S. combat units left Iraq in December 2011.

And today, on the 10th anniversary of the invasion, there is another new number, as Sunni Islamist insurgents tied to al Qaeda step up attacks attempting to undermine Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki’s Shia-led government:

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