America Has Spent $5.9 trillion On Wars In The Middle East And Asia

November 15, 2018


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According to CNBC, the US wars and military action in Afghanistan, Iraq, Syria and Pakistan have cost American taxpayers $5.9 trillion since they began in 2001, a new study confirms.


That total is almost $2 trillion more than all federal government spending during the recently completed 2017-18 fiscal year.


The report, from Watson Institute of International and Public Affairs at Brown University, also finds that more than 480,000 people have died as a direct result of fighting. 


Over 244,000 civilians have been killed. Another 10 million people have been displaced due to violence.


The $5.9 trillion figure reflects the cost across the US federal government since the price of war is not borne by the Defense Department alone, according to Neta Crawford, the study's author.


According to Crawford and the report:


-Total US war-related spending through fiscal year 2019 is $4.9 trillion.

-The other $1 trillion reflects estimates for the cost of health care for post-9/11 veterans.

-The Department of Veterans Affairs will be responsible for serving more than 4.3 million veterans by 2039.

-What's more, longer wars will also increase the number of service members who will ultimately claim veterans benefits and disability payments.


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