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Costs of War' Project: 190,000 lives, $2.2 trillion

Reckoning the costs of the Iraq War

More than 70 percent of deaths from direct war violence have been civilians. That does not include indirect deaths from disease or injury suffered in conditions degraded by war. Credit: Kevin Holden for U.S. Army

More than 190,000 people have been killed in the 10 years since the war in Iraq began. The war will cost the U.S. $2.2 trillion, including substantial costs for veterans care through 2053, far exceeding the initial government estimate of $50 to $60 billion, according to a new report by scholars with the "Costs of War" project at Brown University's Watson Institute for International Studies. The 10th anniversary of the U.S. invasion of Iraq is March 19, 2013.