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The war in Afghanistan has cost $2.26 trillion, and the bill will keep rising even after last US troops leave

Added 04-17-21 02:14:02pm EST - “The report estimates that up to 241,000 people died in Afghanistan and Pakistan as a direct result of the war.” - Businessinsider.com

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Posted By TheNewsCommenter: From Businessinsider.com: “The war in Afghanistan has cost $2.26 trillion, and the bill will keep rising even after last US troops leave”. Below is an excerpt from the article.

The nearly two-decade war in Afghanistan has cost the United States $2.26 trillion, according to a new analysis by Brown University.

But even after the last American service member leaves Afghanistan later this year, as the Biden administration has pledged, the costs will continue to rise, according to Brown's Watson Institute for International and Public Affairs.

In its Costs of War report released Friday, the Watson Institute tallies the staggering expense of the nation's longest war, as the Biden administration prepares to withdraw the last few thousand troops from Afghanistan no later than Sept. 11.

The analysis collected the estimated congressional appropriations for the war, including operations in both Afghanistan and Pakistan.

The greatest single expense — $933 billion, or 41% of the war effort's total costs — came in the Defense Department's Overseas Contingency Operations spending, the report states. The controversial OCO budget, which was used to pay for war efforts, was unaffected by budgetary caps imposed on the rest of the department and grew significantly over the years.

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