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In numbers: the end of American combat troops in Iraq

2710 days. 4,415 military casualties. 0 weapons of mass destruction.

Two American soldiers sprint to the Kuwait border, leaving Iraq for the last time.
Image: Maya Alleruzzo/AP

2710: the number of days spent in Iraq by combat forces from the United States, with the invasion beginning on March 20, 2003 and ending today, August 19, 2010, when the American combat troops, the last remaining in the country, withdrew.

900,000,000,000 – the amount, in dollars, of American taxpayer funds spent on the campaign.

7,300,000,000 - the peak monthly spend, in dollars, as of October 2009.

390,000 - the cost, in dollars, of deploying each soldier in the country.

9,000,000,000 – unaccounted-for spending, in dollars, over the course of the campaign.

52,600 – the number of American troops still in Iraq today. Though not being ‘in combat’, they will leave the country by the end of 2011.

4,415 – the number of American military fatalities in the campaign, as of yesterday.

179 – the number of UK fatalities.

31,897 – the number of American troops physically wounded, 20% of which are serious brain or spinal injuries.

141 – journalists killed in Iraq. 94 – the number murdered, 47 – killed by acts of war, 14 – the number killed by acts of war.

9,571 – the number of Iraqi police and soldiers killed.

Between 50,000 and 600,000 – the number of civilian casualties in Iraq.

2,255,000 – the number of Iraqis displaced inside the country by the war.

15,000 – the estimated number of insurgent fighters in Iraq in November 2003.

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70,000 – the number in June 2007.

14 – the daily number of insurgent attacks, February 2004.

163 – the daily number of insurgent attacks, May 2007 – five months after the hanging of Saddam Hussein.

16 – the minimum number of hours per day in which homes in Baghdad had electricity before the war.

5.6 – the average number of hours per day in which homes in Baghdad have electricity now. 10.9 - the average number in the rest of the country.

0 – the number of Weapons of Mass Destruction found by coalition forces inside Iraq.

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Gavan Reilly

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