Wars in Pakistan and Afghanistan have claimed the lives of at least 149,000 people between 2001 and 2014, a report released by a U.S.-based think tank said.
Those killed included U.S. military members, contractors, Afghan and Pakistani national police and security forces, members of opposition forces like, the Taliban, as well as at least 26,270 civilians in Afghanistan, and 21,500 in Pakistan, reported the Dawn.
The Watson Institute’s Costs of War Project also found that at least 162,000 were wounded since the U.S.-led assault toppled the Taliban government in Afghanistan in the aftermath of the 9/11 attacks.
The report noted that the displacement caused by the violence had also contributed to an untold number of indirect deaths due to malnutrition, disease, and lack of access to care.
Catherine Lutz, Brown University Professor and co-director of the project said that the report was a reminder of the fact that the citizens of Afghanistan and Pakistan had suffered ‘staggering, untold and irreparable losses.’