Wars’ Cost to U.S. Since the Sept. 11 Attacks: $1.6 Trillion

The wars in Iraq and Afghanistan and counterterrorism operations have cost the U.S. a combined $1.6 trillion since the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, according to a new Congressional Research Service analysis.

Through fiscal 2014, which ended in September, Congress approved $815 billion for warfare in Iraq, $686 billion for Afghanistan and other operations against terrorism, $81 billion for other war-designated spending and $27 billion for Operation Noble Eagle air patrols over the U.S., according to the report posted on the agency’s internal website. The total includes $297 billion spent on weapon procurement and war repairs.
The assessment is the agency’s first full update of war costs since March 2011. About 92 percent of the funds went to the Pentagon, followed by the State Department and the Department of Veterans Affairs. It includes war operations, training and equipping Iraqi and Afghan forces, diplomatic operations and medical care for wounded Americans over the past 13 years, the agency said in the report dated Dec. 8. It also includes most reconstructions costs.

“The main factor determining cost is the number of U.S. troops deployed” at different times, the research service said. U.S. troops in Afghanistan peaked at 100,000 in 2011; there are 11,600 there today as the U.S. withdrawal continues.
The figures include war-related intelligence funding that wasn’t tracked or spent by the Defense Department, according to the report. It wasn’t updated with the $63.7 billion in war spending for the current fiscal year for Afghanistan operations and the first installment of operations against Islamic State in Iraq and Syria.

Human Costs

The Iraq invasion -- initiated on a pledge to rid Saddam Hussein of weapons of mass destruction he didn’t have -- resulted in 4,491 U.S. military and civilian deaths and 32,244 wounded, according to Defense Department data compiled by Bloomberg.
The U.S. invasion to destroy al-Qaeda in Afghanistan and remove the Taliban from power has led to 2,356 military and U.S. civilians deaths and 20,060 wounded as of Dec. 16.
In addition, 128,496 U.S. military who deployed to Iraq and Afghanistan have been diagnosed with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, according to September data from the Defense Medical Surveillance System. 

Read more:http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2014-12-19/wars-cost-to-the-u-s-since-the-sept-11-attacks-1-6-trillion.html


  1. Samuel AdamsDecember 24, 2014

    liberty defines america . . . castigate liberty, castigate america

  2. LEO = Terrorist
    Peace Officer = Hero.
    Pay attention.

  3. Seems like the jackbooted thugs are all going through some kind of bizarre state of psychotic confusion these days.

    I mean, with the explosion of anger and anti-cop fever that is growing across the nation, if these peckerwoods were sane and thinking rationally, wouldn't it be reasonable to expect to see them try to ratchet down on their thuggish behavior?

    Instead, they are acting in the exact opposite manner. I find this to be quite curious. Makes me wonder if all of this is being orchestrated for some sinister reason that only our criminal ruling elites are privy to.

  4. I think one (though not the only factor) contributing factor is the rampant steroid abuse in the police forces across the western world. This is a classic symptom of Roid rage. Keep in mind that steroids are a controlled substance just like any other street drug. Cops using then are breaking the same laws they arrest others for braking. This whole situation is by design. It has been proven in court that you will not be hired as a police office unless you are BELOW a certain IQ and are a sociopath.

  5. Now you are talking : "Makes me wonder if all of this is being orchestrated for some
    sinister reason that only our criminal ruling elites are privy to."

    AND yes to that "sinister reason"...............

    Martial Law

  6. John BarleycornDecember 25, 2014

    WHAT can you expect from loud mouthed ghetto blasters

  7. link/url/source of this "proof"..?

  8. "What would things have been like if every Security
    operative, when he went out at night to make an arrest, had been
    uncertain whether he would return alive and had to say good-bye to his
    family? Or if, during periods of mass arrests, as for example in
    Leningrad, when they arrested a quarter of the entire city, people had
    not simply sat there in their lairs, paling with terror at every bang of
    the downstairs door and at every step on the staircase, but had
    understood they had nothing left to lose and had boldly set up in the
    downstairs hall an ambush of half a dozen people with axes, hammers,
    pokers, or whatever else was at hand?... The Organs would very quickly have suffered a
    shortage of officers and transport and, notwithstanding all of Stalin's
    thirst, the cursed machine would have ground to a halt! If...if...We
    didn't love freedom enough. And even more – we had no awareness of the
    real situation.... We purely and simply deserved everything that
    happened afterward.”

  9. http://www.menshealth.com/health/scandals-cops-and-steroids


  10. SooriamoorthyDecember 25, 2014

    Get rid of all cops, eliminate them before they murder all of us.

  11. If you knew as many cops as I do, you would know its true. Google recent steroid drug busts in Niagara Falls Ontario where the dealers and buyers where all cops. Google law suit in USA where job applicant sued police force when he was told his IQ was too high to be a police office. The court ruled that it was not discrimination to deny employment to people above a certain IQ.

    drug bust link http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/niagara-police-probe-steroid-drug-allegations-within-ranks-1.1129895





    As for sociopaths, you need to speak with the University of Manitoba in Winnipeg about that one. This has been confirmed by my nephew who is a doctor of psychology.

    Try reading the news or not being a paid troll.


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