“At least 4.5 million people died in post-9/11 warzones, a number that continues to grow after more than two decades, according to a new report from Brown University. 

The vast majority of those deaths, in the range of 3.6 to 3.7 million, can be accredited to “indirect deaths,” or non-combat deaths, researchers with the university’s Costs of War project concluded.

Despite the staggering tally, those numbers are likely a significant undercount, the report, which is titled “How Death Outlives War,” concludes. …

Across wars in Afghanistan, Iraq, Syria, Yemen and Libya, children — particularly those under five years old — are the most vulnerable to indirect deaths, typically from malnutrition and disease.”

– Joseph Konig, “Report: 4.5 Million Deaths and Counting in Post-9/11 Warzones,” ny1.com, May 17, 2023