GAO 2007, "Military operations: the Department of Defense's use of solatia and condolence payments in Iraq and Afghanistan", United States Government Accountability Office, Washington, DC, http://www.gao.gov/new.items/d07699.pdf
But 10 years into a long and frustrating war -- in which it is increasingly difficult even to envision what victory might look like -- we would gladly trade all the solatia and condolence money in the world for a credible exit strategy.
In this space over the years, I have tried to draw attention to this issue in various ways, from quoting the rare observations of embeds who witnessed some harsh or deadly military actions to exposing the huge amount of "condolence" or solatia payments to survivors (thousands of payments and tens of millions of dollars).
(An earlier and longer version of this study, in Arabic, was published in 1988 under the title "Al Taleem al Aam fil Mamlaka al Arabia al Saudia") Examples of early private schools were the Solatia, Fakria, Fallah and Khairia schools, all closed in 1961.
A panel of the Liberal Democratic Party has just drafted a bill designed to pay 2.6 million yen in condolence money to each of the bereaved families of those who died in battle and 4 million yen in solatia and other compensation to the surviving victims who suffered serious injuries or illnesses.
The 11 survivors and family members of the victims of the riot's aftermath, the first Chinese to seek compensation for wartime actions through Japanese courts, had demanded solatia totaling 55 million yen.