Forbes, 24 August 2017
The intervention in Afghanistan has cost the US $1.07 trillion dollars since 2001.
The bill can be divided into three segments. Overseas Contingency Operations funds specifically dedicated to the war come to $773 billion. $243 billion can be attributed to increases in the base budget of the Department of Defense while the increase in the Veterans Administration budget cost $54.2 billion. The financial side of the conflict reached its zenith amid Obama’s troop surge in 2010 when costs ran to $112.7 billion. As the military gradually shifted its focus away from offensive operations and concentrated more on training Afghan forces, costs gradually fell, reaching $30.8 billion in 2016.
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