According to a recently released study, by the Brown University’s Watson Institute for International Studies, the total cost of the U.S. wars in Afghanistan, Iraq and Pakistan will be at least $3.7 trillion, and could run as high as $4.4 trillion when it’s all said and done.
Over the past 10 years U.S. troops have conducted military operations in Afghanistan, Iraq and Pakistan to track down and eliminate the Al Qaeda leaders behind the 9/11 terror attacks. The spending on these conflicts has been reported to total somewhere between $2.3 trillion and $2.7 trillion. According to the study those totals do not take into account the overlooked costs of long-term obligations to wounded veterans, projected war spending from 2012 through 2020, interest payments coming due and billions more in expenses that cannot be counted.
Looking beyond monetary issues the study also states that 224,000 to 258,000 people have died directly from warfare, including 125,000 civilians in Iraq. Many more have died indirectly, from lack of access to clean drinking water, healthcare, and nutrition. 365,000 people have been wounded and 7.8 million, equal to the combined population of Connecticut and Kentucky, have been displaced. There has also been over 5,500 U.S. troop casualties in Iraq and Afghanistan while over 43,000 have been wounded.
Nineteen hijackers plus other al Qaeda plotters spent an estimated $400,000 to $500,000 on the plane attacks that killed 2,995 people and caused $50 billion to $100 billion in economic damages.
For every person killed on September 11, another 73 have been killed since.
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