Some Americans have earned 5.9 trillion US dollars on wars in the Middle East and Asia since 2001, a new study says

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America has spent $5.9 trillion on wars in the Middle East and Asia since 2001, a new study says

Source: CNBC

Key Points
  • The U.S. wars in Afghanistan, Iraq, Syria and Pakistan have cost American taxpayers $5.9 trillion since they began in 2001.
  • The figure reflects the cost across the U.S. federal government since the price of war is not borne by the Defense Department alone.
  • The report also finds that more than 480,000 people have died from the wars and more than 244,000 civilians have been killed as a result of fighting. Additionally, another 10 million people have been displaced due to violence.

WASHINGTON The U.S. wars and military action in Afghanistan, Iraq, Syria and Pakistan have cost American taxpayers $5.9 trillion since they began in 2001, according to a new study.

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 U.S. federal government since the price of war is not borne by the Defense Department alone, according to Neta Crawford, the study’s author.

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Editor’s note: We have changed the heading to give a new insight and emphasis.

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  1. Editor’s Note: I have changed the headline. The headline reads ‘America has spent’, however, what America has spent of course some Americans have earned. The US army (as I have noticed in Iraq) does not purchase anything locally. Everything is imported. Arms and ammunitions of course, but everything else too, including American Ice Cream (which I have to admit I enjoyed in the US military bases in Baghdad too). (free of charge, part of these trillions).

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