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7,818. 9/10/2011

“The anti-American cleric Moqtada al-Sadr has told his followers to stop attacking US troops in Iraq so as not to slow their withdrawal from the country. In a statement posted on his website, the Shia cleric tells his militias to halt attacks until the US withdrawal is finished at the end of the year as required under a security agreement between Washington and Baghdad. ‘Out of my desire to complete Iraq’s independence and to finish the withdrawal of the occupation forces from our holy lands, I am obliged to halt military operations of the honest Iraqi resistance until the withdrawal of the occupation forces is complete,’ al-Sadr said in the statement, posted on Saturday night [September 10, 2011]. …However, al-Sadr warned that ‘if the withdrawal doesn’t happen…the military operations will be resumed in a new and tougher way.’ ”

 – Lara Jakes, “Iraq Cleric to Followers: Stop Attacking US Troops,” Associated Press, Sep. 11, 2011

7,817. 9/8/2011

“The terrorists who crashed into the World Trade Center and the Pentagon on Sept. 11, 2001 spent an estimated $400,000 to $500,000 to kill nearly 3,000 people. The total costs of the attack for U.S. companies and taxpayers are much more difficult to ascertain. The cost of losing so many human lives is incalculable. And the economic toll is difficult to tally, given the ongoing and indirect expense of war.
Here are a few of the 9/11 line items:
-$7 billion: Amount paid out through the 9/11 Victims Compensation Fund to the survivors of the 2,880 people killed and 2,680 injured in the attacks.
-$8.7 billion: Estimated lifetime potential earnings lost of the victims who perished in the World Trade Center towers.
-$500 million: Amount the city of New York paid in overtime compensation to clean up Ground Zero.
-$19.6 billion: The drop in U.S. airline revenue between 2001 and 2002.
-$5 billion: Direct government aid to U.S. airlines to cover losses incurred during three days of grounded flights immediately after 9/11 and sustained through the end of the year. The government also extended $10 billion in future loan guarantees.
-$21.8 billion: Cost to replace the buildings and infrastructure in New York destroyed in the attacks.
-$500 million: Cost to repair the Pentagon after the attack.
-$40 billion: Insured losses related to the 9/11 attacks, including property, business interruption, aviation, workers compensation, life and liability insurance.
-$192 million: Cost to run the NYPD’s counter-terrorism and intelligence activities for one year.
-$5 million: Amount the NYPD has earmarked from a Homeland Security grant to buy a high-speed, bullet-proof boat designed to respond to a suicide or live shooter attack in the city’s port area.
-$408 billion: Cost to operate the Department of Homeland Security since it was created in 2002.
-$80.1 billion: Civilian and military intelligence gathering costs in 2010 – more than double what was spent in 2001.
-$43 billion: Minimum cost of 10 years worth of U.S. airport security. Passengers cover roughly 40 percent each year through the passenger security tax of $2.50 per flight.
-$1.1 billion: Estimated price to modify and add stealth features to a fleet of 73 MH-60 Black Hawk helicopters, two of which are thought to have been used in the raid that killed Osama Bin Laden, according to Richard Aboulafia, an aviation analyst at the Teal Group Corporation.
-$1.3 trillion: Cost of the wars in Iraq, Afghanistan, and Pakistan to date in 2011 dollars, according to Pentagon appropriations.
-$4 trillion: Total war costs through 2050, if you include veterans’ care, war-related foreign aid, and interest paid on Pentagon appropriations.”

 – Lindsay Blakely, “The cost of 9/11 – in dollars,” CBSnews.com, Sept. 8, 2011

7,816. 9/8/2011

“Al Qaeda spent roughly half a million dollars to destroy the World Trade Center and cripple the Pentagon. What has been the cost to the United States? In a survey of estimates by The New York Times, the answer is $3.3 trillion, …”

 – Shan Carter and Amanda Cox, “One 9/11 Tally: $3.3 Trillion,” NYT.com, Sept. 8, 2011

7,814. 9/8/2011

“[A]ccording to the Pentagon’s bomb squad, the average cost of an IED [improvised explosive device] is just a few hundred bucks, pocket change to a well-funded insurgency. Worse, over time, the average cost of the cheapo IEDs have dropped from $1,125 in 2006 to $265 in 2009.”

 – Spencer Ackerman, “$265 Bomb, $300 Billion War: The Economics of the 9/11 Era’s Signature Weapon,” Wired, Sep. 22, 2010

7,813. 9/8/2011

“A Lloyd’s insurance syndicate has begun a landmark legal case [filed on September 8, 2011] against Saudi Arabia, accusing the kingdom of indirectly funding al-Qa’ida and demanding the repayment of £136m it paid out to victims of the 9/11 attacks. The Brighton-based Lloyd’s 3500 syndicate, which paid $215m compensation to companies and individuals involved, alleges that the oil-rich Middle Eastern superpower bears primary responsibility for the atrocity because al-Qa’ida was supported by banks and charities acting as ‘agents and alter egos’ for the Saudi state. The detailed case, which names a number of prominent Saudi charities as well as a leading member of the al-Saud royal family, will cause embarrassment to the Saudi government, which has long denied claims that Osama bin Laden’s organisation received official financial and practical support from his native country.” [Editor’s note: The lawsuit was withdrawn without prejudice on September 19, 2011.]

 – Cahal Milmo, “Lloyd’s Insurer Sues Saudi Arabia for ‘funding 9/11 attacks,'” The Independent, Sep. 19, 2011

7,815. 9/8/2011

“[T]he number of IEDs [improvised explosive devices] in Afghanistan has mushroomed: from 1,952 in 2006 to 5,616 in 2009. All told, since the Afghanistan war began, homemade bombs have killed 719 U.S. troops and wounded 7,448.”

 – Spencer Ackerman, “$265 Bomb, $300 Billion War: The Economics of the 9/11 Era’s Signature Weapon,” Wired, Sep. 22, 2010

7,812. 9/7/2011

“According to the Costs of War research project by Brown University’s Watson Institute for International Studies, the U.S. also spent $1.3 trillion on the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan before counting interest on the war debt and health care for veterans. Analysts are putting the total price of the wars abroad at closer to $2.6 trillion.”

 – Mike O’Brien, “From Airport Pat-downs to Deadly Attacks in Iraq, the $3 Trillion Cost of Keeping Americans Safe Since 9/11,” Daily Mail, Sep. 7, 2011

7,806. 9/1/2011

Aljazeera.com created an interactive chart titled “September 11: Counting the costs to America” online: “Military: $1.73 trillion
By far the largest share of America’s post-9/11 spending has been military-related.
More than half of this category, of course, is the cost of America’s ongoing wars in Afghanistan and Iraq. It is impossible to calculate the human cost of these wars, so the figures presented here focus solely on the Defense Department’s expenditures.
This category also includes large increases to the Pentagon’s baseline budget; State Department and aid spending in the two theatres of war; and the cost of providing health care for injured soldiers.”

 – Gregg Carlstrom, “Interactive: How much did 9/11 cost the US? The attacks, which cost perhaps $400,000 to execute, will cost the United States more than $5 trillion.,” Aljazeera.com, Sept. 1, 2011

7,805. 9/1/2011

Aljazeera.com created an interactive chart titled “September 11: Counting the costs to America” online: “$5 trillion, and counting: Osama bin Laden spoke often of a strategy of ‘economic warfare’ against the United States, a low-level war aimed at bankrupting the world’s economic superpower.
A decade after the 9/11 attacks, it’s hard to argue that bin Laden’s strategy was ineffective.
The attacks themselves, according to the September 11 commission, cost Al Qaeda between $400,000 and $500,000 to execute.
They have cost America, by our estimate, more than $5 trillion – a ‘return on investment’ of 10,000,000 to one.”

 – Gregg Carlstrom, “Interactive: How much did 9/11 cost the US? The attacks, which cost perhaps $400,000 to execute, will cost the United States more than $5 trillion.,” Aljazeera.com, Sept. 1, 2011

7,810. 9/1/2011

Aljazeera.com created an interactive chart titled “September 11: Counting the costs to America” online: “Future Military: $1.38 trillion
The wars in Iraq and Afghanistan will continue to be a drain on US taxpayers long after the last troops have been withdrawn.
More than 50,000 Americans have been wounded in those two wars; some of them will need medical care and disability insurance for decades to come. Those costs could near $1 trillion over the next 40 years, according to US government estimates.
And, of course, that final withdrawal hasn’t happened yet. Thousands of US troops could potentially remain in Iraq after 2011; as for Afghanistan, NATO leaders have said no serious drawdown will begin before 2014.”

 – Gregg Carlstrom, “Interactive: How much did 9/11 cost the US? The attacks, which cost perhaps $400,000 to execute, will cost the United States more than $5 trillion.,” Aljazeera.com, Sept. 1, 2011