Iraq war has cost US $350bn
03/12/2006 09:04 - (SA)
Washington - The war in Iraq has cost the United States more than $350bn since the March 2003 invasion, according to an AFP review of US congress figures.
About $290bn, including $254bn for military operations, were allocated for the war in fiscal year 2006, which closed on September 30, according to a September 22 report by the Congressional Budget Office (CBO).
The Congressional Research Service estimated the cost at $319bn, representing 73% of US spending for the "war on terror" launched after the September 11, 2001 attacks on the United States.
Congress has approved $70bn for the "war on terror" in the 2007 defence budget that includes about $50bn for the Iraq conflict, bringing the three-and-a-half-year spending over $350bn.
A Democratic senator said last month that the defence department will request an additional $127bn for the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, an amount that would bring the cost of the "war on terror" over $500bn.
The new funding request would make the "war on terror" more expensive for the United States than Washington's spending during the Vietnam War that ended in 1975.
The Congressional Research Service said in a September report that the cost of the war in Iraq rose this year to $8bn a month, compared to $6.4bn a month last year.