There has been a recent “surge” in the number of contractors filing DBA claims.
Just wondering what everyone thinks about this.
Iraq: Key Figures since the war began
From the AP http://www.google.com/hostednews/ap/article/ALeqM5j1bBjr_tTTXaVRXckza_PUyGPfEwD970I6U80
MILITARY AND PRIVATE CONTRACTOR INVOLVEMENT
U.S. TROOP LEVELS IN IRAQ
_March 31, 2003: 90,000.
_Current troop level, on March 13, 2009: 138,000.
_Month with highest level of troops in Iraq: October 2007, at 166,000.
COALITION TROOP LEVELS
_Total number of countries who participated in “Coalition for the Immediate Disarmament of Iraq” at start of war: 31, including the United States.
_Current number in coalition: 4 — United States, United Kingdom, Australia, Romania.
_Number of U.S. private contractors in Iraq : 190,000, August 2008.
_Number of deaths of U.S. private contractors in Iraq: 1,306, as of Dec. 31, 2008.
IRAQI SECURITY FORCES
_Total trained and equipped, July 2005: approximately 171,300.
_Total trained to date, regardless of active status, October 2008: 561,159.
U.S., COALITION AND IRAQI CASUALTIES
_Total number of U.S. troops who have died as of March 17, 2009: at least 4,259.
_States with the highest number of U.S. troop deaths as of March 17, 2009: California, 457; Texas, 402; Pennsylvania, 192; Florida, 188; New York, 182; Ohio, 174; Michigan, 156; Illinois, 151.
_Total number of U.S. troops wounded in action as of Feb. 28, 2009: at least 31,102.
_Total number of U.S. troops wounded, injured or sickened (non-hostile, using medical air transport) as of Feb. 28, 2009: at least 36,106.
_Total number of coalition troops (non-U.S.) who have died as of March 17, 2009: at least 307.
IRAQI CIVILIAN CASUALTIES:
_More than 91,121 killed since the 2003 invasion, according to the Iraq Body Count database.
COST OF THE WAR
_Over $605 billion, according to the National Priorities Project. According to the Congressional Research Service, Congress has approved more than $657 billion so far for the Iraq war.
_In August 2008, the Congressional Budget Office projected that additional war costs for the next 10 years could range from $440 billion to $865 billion.
_Total tab for Iraq war, accounting for continued military operations, growing debt and interest payments and continuing health care and counseling costs for veterans: At least $3 trillion, according to economists Linda Bilmes and Joseph Stiglitz.
COST PER MONTH:
_In April 2003, Andrew Natsios of the U.S. Agency for International Development said the cost of rebuilding Iraq could be $1.7 billion.
_As of July 2008, the Department of Defense’s monthly obligations for contracts and pay averaged about $9.9 billion for Iraq.
INDICTMENTS AND CONVICTIONS
_As of Jan. 30, 2009, the work of Special Inspector General for Iraq Reconstruction investigators has resulted in 20 arrests, 19 indictments, 14 convictions, and more than $17 million in fines, forfeitures, recoveries and restitutions.
QUALITY OF LIFE
NATIONWIDE UNEMPLOYMENT RATE:
_January 2004: 30-45 percent
_January 2009: 23-38 percent
COST OF A BARREL OF OIL:
_March 28, 2003: $21.50
_March 6, 2009: $43.84
_Prewar: 2.58 million barrels per day.
_Feb. 28, 2009: 2.32 million barrels per day.
_Prewar: 12.9 million people had potable water.
_Jan. 15, 2009: 21.2 million people have potable water.
_Prewar: 6.2 million people served.
_Dec. 31, 2008: 11.3 million people served.
_Prewar land lines: 833,000.
_Jan. 5, 2009: 1,300,000.
_Prewar cell phones: 80,000.
_Jan. 5, 2009: An estimated 14.7 million.
_September 2003: 4,900.
_Jan. 5, 2009: 688,410.
_Prewar nationwide: 3,958 megawatts. Hours per day (estimated): 4-8.
_March 10, 2009 nationwide: 5,410 megawatts. Hours per day: 15.6.
_Prewar Baghdad: 2,500 megawatts. Hours per day (estimated): 16-24.
_March 10, 2009 Baghdad: Megawatts not available. Hours per day: 16.8.
Note: Current Baghdad megawatt figures are no longer reported by the U.S. State Department’s Iraq Weekly Status Report.
REFUGEES AND EMIGRANTS
_2008: Some 195,000 internally displaced Iraqis were able to return home. However, as of November 2008, there were at least 2.8 million people still displaced inside Iraq.
_Prewar: 500,000 Iraqis living abroad.
_January 2009: Close to 2 million, mainly in Syria and Jordan.
_2008: Some 25,000 refugees were able to return home.
All figures are the most recent available.
Sources: The Associated Press, State Department, Defense Department, Special Inspector General for Iraq Reconstruction, The Brookings Institution, Office of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees, National Priorities Project, Department of Labor, Congressional Research Service, Congressional Budget Office, Iraq Body Count, Energy Information Administration, ABC News.