Afghanistan By The Numbers

October 7, 2001 Date the Afghanistan war started
1,632 Number of Americans killed in Operation Enduring Freedom (October 10, 2001-June 20, 2011)
64.22% Percentage of all coalition forces killed in Operation Enduring Freedom who are American
11,191 Total number of U.S. casualties through May 2011 [1]
8,832 Total number of Afghan civilians killed from 2007-2010[2]
$27.36 billion (2010 est.) Afghanistan’s gross domestic product[3]
$426.2 billion The amount the United States has spent on the Afghan war since 2001[4]
3.43:1 The ratio of money U.S. spent on the Afghan war in fiscal 2010 to Afghanistan’s GDP[5]
$56 million Gross income value of opiates raised by Afghani farmers in 2001[6]
$605 million Gross income value of opiates raised by Afghani farmers in 2011[7]



[2] United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan and the Afghanistan Independent Human Rights Commission. “Afghanistan – Annual Report 2010 Protection of Civilians in Armed Conflict.” March 2011. http://unama.unmissions.org/Portals/UNAMA/human%20rights/Final%20Engish%20version%20of%20Exec%20Summary.pdf. The Human Rights Unit of UNAMA first kept keeping statistics on civilian deaths in 2007.

[4] National Priorities Project. Cost of War. http://costofwar.com/en/

[5] Helene Cooper. “Cost of Wars a Rising Issue as Obama Weighs Troop Levels.” The New York Times. June 21, 2011. http://www.nytimes.com/2011/06/22/us/politics/22costs.html

[6] United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime. Afghanistan-Annual Opium Poppy Survey 2001. http://www.unodc.org/pdf/publications/report_2001-10-16_1.pdf. pg. iii.

[7] United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime. Afghanistan Opium Survey. December 2010. http://www.unodc.org/documents/crop-monitoring/Afghanistan/Afghanistan_Opium_Survey_2010_web.pdf. pg. 24.