By Erik Goepner
||Iraq & Syria
||Defeat & destroy al Qaida
||Eliminate Iraqi WMD, “central front on war on terror”
||Defeat & destroy Islamic State
|Date U.S. initiated operations
|Name of operation
|# countries in coalition
|# global terror attacks the year U.S. initiated operations
|# global terror attacks 5 years after U.S. initiated operations
|# global terror attacks 10 years after U.S. initiated operations
|White House assessment at +3 months
||“Our war on terror is well begun, but it is only begun”
“Iraq is free”
|“We are making steady, measurable progress”
|White House assessment at +5 years
||“We have significantly degraded the al–Qaida network” “The success of democracy in Afghanistan is inspiring”
||“We have seen significant security gains…Less visible are the political and economic changes taking place…This progress isn’t glamorous, but it is important”
|White House assessment at +10 years
||“We are meeting our goals…the light of a secure peace can be seen in the distance”
||“We’re leaving behind a sovereign, stable and self-reliant Iraq”
|Cost: U.S. deaths
- Numbers are for 2013, 2014 not yet available.
- Does not account for future costs, such as FY15 funding or medical care for veterans.
- Does not account for future costs, such as medical care for veterans.
- Represents budget request for FY15.
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