This kind of information and depth of detail and range of scope about what's happening in Iraq rarely reaches the ordinary citizen. Tidbits of this important data have appeared occasionally in the mainstream media. I would venture a guess that most people have never seen any of this data and that they might find the academic approach of the report itself to be a bit daunting.
Nevertheless, the data in the report is important and ordinary citizens are certainly capable of understanding it and coming to their own conclusions about what these trends might mean while engaging in meaningful discussions with others.
What's holding us back is that these data are neither readily-reusable in the sense we have been discussing in the blog, nor are they organized in a form to making then readily digestible by all interested citizens. We'll be commenting further in future posts on how we might move from the data in this report to both ready-reusability and ready-digestibility. For now, to give a flavor of why I think this report is so important to dig into, here is just a sample of the range of factors that are covered.
The list includes metrics covered is extensive and includes security indicators, insurgency indicators, migration indicators, education indicators, economic and quality of life indicators.
Troop Fatalities since March 2003 U.S. Troops Wounded in Action since March 2003 U.S.
- Iraqi Military and Police Killed since January 2005
- Car Bombs in
(Lethal and Non-Lethal) Iraq
- Iraqi Civilians Killed by US Troops
- Iraqi Civilians Killed By Violence
- Multiple Fatality Bombings in
- Killed and Wounded in Multiple Fatality Bombings
- Iraqis Kidnapped
- Total Number of Insurgents Detained or Killed
- Iraqi Prison Population
- Estimated Number of Foreign Fighters in the Insurgency
- Coalition Troop Strength in
- Average Weekly Attacks by Time Period: 1 January 2004 – 20 January 2006
- Improvised Explosive Devices (IED’s) Detonated And Disarmed January – June, 2006
- Average Number of Daily Patrols and Violent Events in
- Internally Displaced Persons in
- Refugees And Asylum Seekers
- Size of Iraqi Security Forces on Duty
- Estimated Ministry of Defense Forces’ Capabilities
- Estimated Ministry of Interior National Police Forces’ Capabilities
- US Air Missions
- Oil Revenue from Exports
- Nationwide Unemployment Rate .
- Estimated Costs of
U.S.Operations in Iraq
- Relative Amount of Car Traffic
- Typical Length of Gasoline Lines
- Telephone subscribers
- Internet subscribers
- Doctors in
- Current Water Projects outputs Vs. CPA Goals
- Education Indicators - Enrollment