Numbers in the News

Rachel Alexander

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Number of American commandos involved in the operation which killed Osama bin Laden

3,440

Average number of tweets per second on Twitter between 10:45 p.m. EST and 12:30 a.m. EST on the night bin Laden’s death was announced

42

Number of articles and opinion columns about bin Laden’s death posted on The New York Times web site within 24 hours of President Obama’s announcement

$25 million

Prior to his death, the amount the FBI was offering to anyone with information leading to bin Laden’s capture and conviction

2,819

Official death toll for September 11 attacks

$500,000

Amount spent by al-Qaeda planning and executing these attacks, according to bin Laden

$1.25 trillion

Total amount of money to date allocated by Congress for the Iraq and Afghanistan Wars

Sources: Congressional Research Service, New York Magazine, Huffington Post, New York Times