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EFSAS Study Paper: 'War on Terror' and its effects on growing global Terrorism


According to the Brown University-run Costs of War Project (2021), the estimated total cost of the US’ global war on terror stands at $8 trillion in expenditures, nearly 930,000 in lost lives and 37 million in displaced people. 85 countries in total have been affected by being involved in US counter-terrorism operations. In the case of Afghanistan, while pre-2001, 62% of Afghans were facing food insecurity, in 2021, the number is 92%. In the case of children under five, pre-2001, only 9% were facing acute malnutrition, while in 2021, the number is 50%. In Syria, absence of water supplies and electricity has further contributed to the development of deadly diseases.