The War in Iraq lasted a long time. There were many deaths on both sides, and it also effected people in other ways emotionally and physically. There is debate after debate on whether we should have invaded Iraq on the pretense of finding weapons of mass destruction. Today’s post is not meant to debate that subject. Instead, I have a goal of keeping people aware of the many facts about the Iraq War.
This is the Top 44 Iraq War Facts:
When the decision to invade Iraq was called for, it was not just the United States taking on this mission. A coalition of many countries provided manpower and services toward this decision. Canada claimed they would not provide help, but in reality, Canada did so anonymously. 14 other countries also supported the invasion in anonymous roles. These are the countries that sent troops and their withdrawal dates:
1: United States: The U.S. had approximately 150,000 troops invade Iraq. At one point, there were around 165,000 troops in Iraq. The death toll is estimated at 4,486. The United States withdrew from Iraq in December of 2011.
2: United Kingdom: The U.K. deployed approximately 46,000 troops to Iraq for the invasion. Withdrawing in May of 2011, the U.K.’s death toll is estimated at 179.
3: South Korea: South Korea did not participate in the invasion of Iraq, but in May of 2003 they deployed. At one point South Korea had around 3,600 troops in Iraq. They had 1 death and withdrew in December of 2008.
4: Italy: Italy deployed troops to Iraq in July of 2003. At one point they had approximately 3,200 troops in the region. They withdrew from Iraq in November of 2006 and had 33 killed.
5: Poland: Poland sent 200 troops for the invasion, but at one point, they had nearly 2,500 troops in Iraq. Poland withdrew in October of 2008 with 23 deaths.
6: Australia: Australia deployed 2,000 troops for the invasion. They withdrew in July of 2009, and had 2 deaths.
7: Georgia: Georgia deployed troops to Iraq in August of 2003. At one point they had around 2,000 troops there. They had 5 deaths and withdrew in August of 2008.
8: Ukraine: The Ukraine forces deployed in August of 2003. At one point they had around 1,650 soldiers in Iraq. The Ukraine suffered 18 deaths and withdrew in December of 2008.
9: Netherlands: In July of 2003, the Netherlands deployed to Iraq. They had around 1,345 troops there and had 2 deaths. They left Iraq in March of 2005.
10: Spain: Spain deployed in April of 2003. They sent around 1,300 troops and had 11 killed. They withdrew 1 year later in April of 2004.
The next ones sent less than 1,000, but they provided help.
11: Romania: 730 troops | Deployed July 2003, Withdrew July 2009 | 3 deaths
12: El Salvador: 380 troops | Deployed August 2003, Withdrew January 2009 | 5 deaths
13: Estonia: 40 troops | Deployed June 2005, Withdrew January 2009 | 2 deaths
14: Bulgaria: 485 troops | Deployed May 2003, Withdrew December 2008 | 13 deaths
15: Moldova: 24 troops | Deployed September 2003, Withdrew December 2008
16: Albania: 240 troops | Deployed April 2003, Withdrew December 2008
17: Denmark: 545 troops | Deployed April 2003, Withdrew December 2008 | 7 deaths
18: Czech Republic: 300 troops | Deployed December 2003, Withdrew December 2008 | 1 death
19: Tonga: 55 troops | Deployed July 2004, Withdrew December 2008
20: Azerbaijan: 250 troops | Deployed August 2003, Withdrew December 2008 | 1 death
21: Singapore: 175 troops all offshore | Deployed December 2003, Withdrew December 2008
22: Bosnia and Herzegovina: 85 troops | Deployed June 2005, Withdrew November 2008
23: Macedonia: 77 troops | Deployed July 2003, Withdrew November 2008
24: Latvia: 136 troops | Deployed May 2003, Withdrew November 2008 | 3 deaths
25: Kazakhstan: 29 troops | Deployed September 2003, Withdrew October 2008 | 1 death
26: Armenia: 46 troops | Deployed January 2005, Withdrew October 2008
27: Mongolia: 180 troops | Deployed August 2003, Withdrew September 2008
28: Slovakia: 110 troops | Deployed August 2003, Withdrew December 2007 | 4 deaths
29: Lithuania: 120 troops | Deployed June 2003, Withdrew August 2007
30: Norway: 150 troops | Deployed July 2003, Withdrew August 2006
31: Japan: 600 troops | Deployed January 2004, Withdrew July 2006
32: Hungary: 300 troops | Deployed August 2003, Withdrew March 2005 | 1 death
33: Portugal: 128 troops | Deployed November 2003, Withdrew February 2005
34: New Zealand: 61 troops | Deployed September 2003, Withdrew September 2004
35: Thailand: 423 troops | Deployed August 2003, Withdrew August 2004 | 2 deaths
36: Philippines: 51 troops | Deployed July 2003, Withdrew July 2004
37: Honduras: 368 troops | Deployed August 2003, Withdrew May 2004
38: Dominican Republic: 302 troops | Deployed August 2003, Withdrew May 2004
39: Nicaragua: 230 troops | Deployed September 2003, Withdrew February 2004
40: Iceland: 2 troops | Deployed May of 2003, unclear when withdrawn
In all the time at war in Iraq, the United States had around 4,486 service personnel killed.
Reporters took a chance when traveling to Iraq during the war. It is estimated that 150 reporters were killed during the Iraq War.
43: Cost of Deployment
The approximate cost for deploying just 1 soldier to Iraq was $350,000.
44: Cost to the United States
When everything was added up, the cost of the War in Iraq came to $1.7 Trillion.
I hope these facts taught you something you did not know about the Iraq War. Do you have any facts that you would like to share about the War? Please share your comments or questions below. Thank you.
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