WARS COSTING US BILLIONS OF DOLLAR

The United States has spent well over half a trillion dollars on the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, according to independent congressional analysts who say the boost in troop levels in Iraq has increased the cost of war there and in Afghanistan to $12 billion a month. Since the strike on Afghanistan launched after the…

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The United States has spent well over half a trillion dollars on the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, according to independent congressional analysts who say the boost in troop levels in Iraq has increased the cost of war there and in Afghanistan to $12 billion a month. Since the strike on Afghanistan launched after the Sept. 11 attacks in 2001, the United States has spent $610 billion on the two wars, and on protecting US bases worldwide. Iraq has accounted so far for $450 billion. In fiscal year 2007 alone, the Iraq operation sucked up $165.8, an increase of 40 percent year-on-year. The new figures by the nonpartisan Congressional Research Service (CRS) emerged as debate hit a critical point in Washington over the huge human and financial costs of the four-year conflict in Iraq. The estimated cost of war per month for Iraq comes to $10 billion for Iraq and almost $2 billion for Afghanistan, summing up to $12 billion per month.