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The Afghan evacuation and the war — by the numbers

Families walk toward their plane during evacuations at Hamid Karzai International Airport in Kabul. (Sgt. Samuel Ruiz/U.S. Marine Corps/AP)

There have been a lot of numbers used by public officials and the news media in recent days about the end of the U.S. war in Afghanistan. Here they are all in one place — and which numbers are missing. Where possible, the source of the information is included. We will update this as appropriate as more information becomes available, including noting whether numbers previously provided turned out to be false.

Last updated Sept. 16

The evacuation

Number of people evacuated:

124,334 (Gen. Mark A. Milley, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Sept. 1)

Number of flights:

778 flights — 387 U.S. military and 391 non-U.S. military (Milley)

Average per flight:

160 people

Number of U.S. citizens evacuated:

“More than 5,500” (President Biden, Aug. 31) or “almost 6,000” (Milley)

Number of U.S. legal permanent residents evacuated:

Total undisclosed, but 2,785 have arrived in the United States through Aug. 31 (Department of Homeland Security)

Number of U.S. citizens who wanted to leave but were not evacuated:

“100 to 200” (Biden, Aug. 31)

“The number is likely closer to 100” (State Department spokesman Ned Price, Sept. 1)

Number of U.S. permanent residents who wanted to leave but were not evacuated:

“Thousands” (Secretary of State Antony Blinken, Senate testimony, Sept. 14)

Number of Afghans evacuated, currently on staging bases in the United States, Europe and the Middle East:

63,000, of whom 20,000 are in the United States (Milley)

Number of Afghans “at risk” who have arrived in the United States:

23,876 through Aug. 31, a number that includes some third-country nationals (DHS)

Number of Afghans evacuated who qualify for special immigration visa:

About 7,000 (Pentagon briefing, Aug. 27)

Number of Afghan SIV applicants and families:

About 88,000 (Washington Post report, citing a nongovernmental organization, Aug. 13)

Number of Afghan SIV applicants evacuated:

705 of the 18,000 applicants (Sen. Rob Portman, R-Ohio, citing Homeland Security numbers, Sept. 14)

Number of Afghans who may be eligible for some sort of U.S. visa:

As many as 265,000 (NBC News report, citing estimates from nongovernmental organizations, Aug. 31)

Number of unaccompanied Afghan children evacuated:

278 (State Department cable obtained by Josh Rogin, Sept. 1)

The Afghan War

Length of U.S. involvement:

Almost 20 years (Oct. 7, 2001-Aug. 31, 2021)


$1.06 trillion on waging war (Brown University Costs of War project, updated Aug. 25)

$2.3 trillion (including veterans care, interest on debt, other costs)

Reconstruction cost:

$145 billion (Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction, July 30 report)

Estimated future cost of Afghan veterans care, 2022-2050:

$1.1 trillion (Brown, updated Sept. 1)

U.S. military killed:

2,461 (Milley)

U.S. military wounded

20,691 (Milley)

U.S. contractors killed

3,846 (Brown)

Other Allied Troops killed:

1,144 (Brown)

Humanitarian aid workers killed:

444 (Brown)

Afghan military and police killed:

66,000-69,000 (Brown)

Civilians killed

47,245 (Brown)

Opposition fighters killed

51,191 (Brown)

Killed in the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks:


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