Capitol Hill (CNN) - Today the 112th Congress holds its first hearing on the Iraq War. The conflict that drove the headlines three years ago is now barely on the media radar. Many Americans who recognize Gen. David Petreus' name now draw a blank if asked to list his two successors.
As the world watches Egypt and the Middle East and as the Senate Armed Services Committee hears from the current U.S. commander in Iraq, American Sauce brings you a quick look at key names and figures.
Iraq War 101
Current Operation: New Dawn.
Previous Operation: Iraqi Freedom. March 20, 2003 – August 31, 2010.
US Troops in Iraq Now: Approx. 50,000.
Largest US Troop Presence: Approx. 157,000 in 2008.
Other Nations with Troops in Iraq Now: 0.
(Source: Department of Defense)
– Total American troop deaths (through Feb. 2): 4,439.
- Deaths through Aug. 31, 2010: 4,421.
- Deaths since Aug. 31, 2010: 18.
– Total American troops injured: 32,037.
- Troops injured through Aug. 31, 2010: 31,938.
- Troops injured since Aug. 31, 2010: 99.
US Costs of the War
– Military costs through Oct. 31, 2010 (latest Pentagon figure available): $668.5 Billion.
- Reconstruction funding: $58 Billion since 2003.
– Commander of US Forces in Iraq: Army Gen. Lloyd Austin. Read the New York Times profile of him.
– Chief of US Central Command: Marine Gen. James Mattis. Read his official bio.
– US Ambassador to Iraq: James Jeffrey. Read his official bio.
– Where is Gen. David Petreus?: He is the commander of US forces in Afghanistan (as of July 4, 2010).
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