More than 8000 Iraqis killed in 2013, according to new UN report

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The violence in Iraq continues to escalate, according to the latest UN figures, with more than 650 Iraqi civilians killed in November 2013.

The UN reports that  7,157 civilians and 952 security forces have been killed so far in 2013.    Perhaps most tragically, so many of these innocent victims have been killed while doing the most mundane daily tasks – shopping for food, drinking coffee in a cafe, etc.   Meanwhile, the failure of the Iraqi security forces to quell this violence is weighing heavily on the negotiations in Afghanistan, where the Loyal Jinga voted overwhelming to ask US forces to stay on pretty much indefinitely.  No one really wants this outcome but everyone is fearing the kind of resurgent strife that is growing in Iraq.

Harvard Kennedy School Impact Newsletter features Bilmes latest research on war costs

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http://www.hks.harvard.edu/news-events/publications/impact-newsletter/archives/summer-2013/the-costs-of-the-iraq-and-afghanistan-wars

Linda Bilmes op-ed on Syria

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Linda Bilmes writes that the US should consider the lessons from Iraq and Afghanistan before striking in Syria.

http://cognoscenti.wbur.org/2013/09/06/economic-considerations-for-syria-linda-j-bilmes

Bilmes updates war costs in speech to Carnegie Endowment for International Peace

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http://www.c-spanvideo.org/program/311648-2

Cost of War project estimates Iraq war cost at $4-$6 trillion

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The Brown University/Eisenhower Institute study group, which includes 30 academics studying war costs, has issued an updated series of reports for the 10th anniversary of the Iraq War.  Links to the study and to Linda Bilmes latest paper on veterans are attached here.

http://costsofwar.org/

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