Costs of War: How much US spent on war against terror post-9/11 attacks


Costs of War: Nearly 20 years later the 9/11 wars cost Washington more than $ 8 trillion and caused nearly 900,000 deaths, according to Costs of War project estimates at Brown University.

Costs of War: How much US spent on war against terror post-9/11 attacks
Costs of War: How much US spent on war against terror post-9/11 attacks

Activists and academics say the September 11, 2001 attacks increased surveillance, human rights abuses, and mass displacement around the world, and that the social and economic downturn is likely to continue for decades.

The 9/11 attacks prompted new security laws in the United States and the widespread campaign to eradicate terrorism around the world had far-reaching consequences, from the rise of intelligence technology to refugee crises.

Tech giants such as Amazon, Google, and Microsoft have made huge profits from U.S. government contracts since the 9/11 attacks, according to the latest report from three U.S. activist groups.

Nearly 3,000 people have been killed in attacks on American soil.

The Costs of War project at Brown University calculated the actual cost to the United States of America in monetary and humanitarian terms. Here is a look:

  • The vast economic impact of the U.S. Post-9/11 wars extends beyond the Pentagon’s “Overseas Contingency Operations”, according to the Cost of War Project. It is estimated to have cost more than $ 8 trillion and caused approximately 900,000 deaths.
  • At least 37 million people have fled their homes in the eight most violent wars the U.S. military has launched or participated in since 2001, including Afghanistan, Iraq, Syria, Libya, and Yemen, the Costs of War project said.
  • The actual number is likely to be over 59 million, with researchers claiming “innumerable harm” done physically, socially, emotionally, and financially to individuals, families, towns, regions, as well as entire nations.
  • The United States has spent $ 2.313 trillion on both Afghanistan and Pakistan since launching its military mission in 2001 after the attacks. This is part of the total budget expenditure incurred on post-9/11 missions.
  • They said that this amount would not include funds that the U.S. government would be responsible for spending on lifelong care for American veterans in this war or that future interest payments on loans taken to fund the war would not be included.


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