Tuesday, May 31, 2011

How Much Money Is United States Spending In Afghaistan

The U.S. taxpayer has spent nearly $1 trillion on the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq since September 11, 2001. As of March 31 of this year, the Defense Department estimates it has spent $993.5 billion for all war related costs. And it continues to spend $5.6 billion a month in Afghanistan alone.

The cost to keep U.S. troops in combat in Afghanistan is nearly $1 million per service member each year.
And the single largest line item in the FY 2012 defense budget is $13 billion to train and equip the Afghan military, most of whom are illiterate. The U.S. has already spent $28 billion to train Afghan security forces with the hope of eventually transitioning control to them, according to Defense Department.

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