Cost of Conflicts in Iraq, Afghanistan, and Elsewhere Nears $1 Trillion May 12, 2009Posted by Stephen Abott in Analysis, News.
Tags: Afghanistan, Iraq, Supplemental
If the 2009 Supplemental Appropriations for Iraq, Afghanistan, Pakistan, and Pandemic Flu passes, the total costs for the conflicts in Afghanistan, Iraq, and related activities will approach $960 billion. According to the Congressional Research Service, the U.S. has spent $864 billion on emergency war funding, since the September 11th attacks. This includes Defense Department, State Department and other US agency activities in Iraq, Afghanistan, and security operations in the United States.
The 2009 Supplemental Appropriations for Iraq, Afghanistan, Pakistan, and Pandemic Flu, includes $84.5 billion for the Department of Defense. Of this, $81.9 is for activities relating to Iraq, Afghanistan, and Pakistan, and general national security. Excluded from the $81.9 billion is funding for military construction outside of the area of operations. Additionally, the bill provides $10 billion for State Department and other international activities, of which, $5 billion is designated for activities in Afghanistan, Iraq, and Pakistan, excluding funding for humanitarian assistance in Africa, economic and security assistance to Israel, Egypt and other unrelated funding.
Together, the bill provides $86.9 billion to US efforts in the Middle East and South Asia. This would push total funding for military operations and economic assistance in Iraq, Afghanistan, and Pakistan to $950.9 billion. If President Obama’s Overseas Contingency Operations (OCO) bill of $130 billion is passed later this year, supplemental funding for current conflicts will rise to well above $1 trillion.