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For Immediate Release
Contact: Olivia Alperstein, Media Manager, Institute for Policy Studies,

Eight Years of US War in Afghanistan: The Dollars Add Up


7, 2009 marks the eighth anniversary of the U.S. invasion of
Afghanistan. National Priorities Project (NPP) analyses find that, to
date, U.S. military operations in Afghanistan have cost U.S. taxpayers
$228 billion, $60.2 billion of which was spent in FY 2009 alone.
Monthly costs in Afghanistan during FY 2009 averaged $5 billion, up
from $3.5 billion per month in FY 2008.

FY 2010, U.S. military spending for the Iraq and Afghanistan wars is
projected to be $130 billion. In the past, funding was split between
the two U.S. wars at a 70/30 ratio, with the majority of U.S. dollars
going to operations in Iraq. In FY 2010, this ratio is projected to
shift, with Afghanistan war spending accounting for over 50 percent of
total costs.

NPP has a host of Afghanistan War-related resources, including:

Cost of War Counters: Afghanistan, Iraq and combined,

War spending trade-offs:
state, Congressional district and more than 1,000 cities and towns,
helping to convey the magnitude and meaning of budget figures,

"Quick facts" about Afghanistan: with troop levels, annual funding, etc.,

Cost of War in Afghanistan: a primer on both the human and economic costs of war,

numbers are staggering. $228 billion in Afghanistan war spending equals
800,000 4-year university scholarships for U.S. students," notes Jo
Comerford. "$228 billion also means $469.1 million from Boston, MA
taxpayers which is the equivalent of healthcare for 140,600 people;
$1.5 billion from Alameda County, CA folks which equals 4,341
affordable housing units; or $89.2 million from people in Evanston, IL
which equals 1,372 elementary school teachers."

the passage of the FY 2010 Department of Defense budget, total U.S.
spending for the Iraq and Afghanistan wars will exceed $1 trillion by
March of next year.

The National Priorities Project (NPP) is a 501(c)(3) research organization that analyzes and clarifies federal data so that people can understand and influence how their tax dollars are spent. Located in Northampton, MA, since 1983, NPP focuses on the impact of federal spending and other policies at the national, state, congressional district and local levels. For more information, go to