The Department of Defense’s cost of war report has revealed that the so called ‘War on Terror’ has cost US taxpayers at least $1.46 trillion since September 11, 2001.
The dossier, coming in at 74 pages was obtained by the Federation of American Scientists’ Secrecy News. It breaks down the cost of the US’s various conflicts and reveals the ongoing war in Afghanistan and the war in Iraq account for the greatest amount spent.
Operation Iraqi Freedom (Iraq War), Operation Enduring Freedom (the name given to the ‘War on Terror’ between 2001 and 2014) and Operation New Dawn (previous operations in Iraq and Afghanistan in 2010 and 2011) by far made made up the biggest expense. The total cost of these wars cost $1.315 trillion.
Current military operations cost $147.6 billion. This includes $102.9 billion for Operation Freedom’s Sentinel, the name given to the ‘War on Terror’ by Barack Obama at the end of 2014, and Operation Inherent Resolve, the US’s operations against ISIS in Iraq and Syria which started in 2014, and has cost $17.1 billion.