Afghanistan war cost US $2 trillion, interest will pinch every American

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Afghanistan war cost: The cost is even higher in the case of loss of lives. The U.S. lost 2,448 of its service members and nearly 4,000 civilian contractors while fighting the Taliban in Afghanistan. More than 66,000 Afghan National Army and police personnel have also been killed in the past 20 years.

Afghanistan war cost US $2 trillion, interest will pinch every American
Afghanistan war cost US $2 trillion, interest will pinch every American

Afghanistan is now under Taliban control. It took them just a month to defeat Afghanistan’s Western-backed forces and take control of the country again after 20 years.

The turn came in the wake of the withdrawal of United States troops from Afghanistan – its longest fighting mission to date. U.S. forces have been in Afghanistan for nearly two decades – since 9/11 – and have spent trillions of dollars but all wasted before the Taliban blitzkrieg.

And because the U.S. has borrowed so much money to pay for it, generations of Americans will be burdened with the cost of paying it off.

Look at the US-led war in Afghanistan by numbers:

The Costs of War project at Brown University estimates that the United States spent more than $ 2 trillion on the war in Afghanistan. This includes $ 800 billion in direct funding and $ 83 billion to train the Afghan army.
To put the statistics in perspective, the total amount spent on keeping the Taliban away is more than the wealth of Jeff Bezos, Elon Musk, Bill Gates, and the 30 richest billionaires in America.

Brown University also estimates that interest spending on the United States-Afghan war loan will reach $ 6.5 trillion by 2050. This pinches the average American, as it costs $ 20,000 per US citizen.

The cost is even higher in the case of loss of lives. The U.S. lost 2,448 of its service members (as of April this year) and nearly 4,000 civilian contractors while fighting the Taliban in Afghanistan. More than 66,000 Afghan National Army and police personnel have also been killed in the past 20 years.

The civilian price is also very high – 47,245. The number of Taliban and other opposition fighters killed in the war is 51,191, according to university figures.

The U.S. is also committed to a significant amount of health care, disability, burial and other expenses for the approximately 4 million Afghan and Iraq veterans. That amount will peak after 2048.

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