US War in Iraq
Almost 7 trillion dollars spent by US on defense since 2001 went to private companies

A study by the Costs of War project notes that the policy of involving private players in the defense sector has led to the undermining of attempts to seek diplomatic solutions. It has also led to the invention of new threats to keep the defense budget extraordinarily high 

Rights groups, lawmakers criticize US military’s underreporting of civilian deaths in overseas operations

Civil society groups and the UN indicate that the actual number of civilian casualties caused by the US army actions around the world last year is at least five times higher than its claim of just 23 deaths 

US Patriot missiles in Iraq US deploys Patriot missile systems in Iraq

The missiles have been deployed to Ain al-Assad and Erbil bases in Iraq, both of which recently suffered missile and rocket attacks. Iran has condemned the deployment as a bid to increase tensions in west Asia

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