Post-9/11 Bill: $1.6 Trillion

By Tony Bertuca / December 22, 2014 at 3:43 PM

The United States has spent $1.6 trillion on military operations since the attacks of September 11, 2001, according to a new report from the Congressional Research Service.

The spending covered the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan as well as other counterterrorism activities, according to the report's findings, which were first published in Bloomberg News last week.

"Congress has approved appropriations for the past 13 years of war that total $1.6 trillion for military operations, base support, weapons maintenance, training of Afghan and Iraq security forces, reconstruction, foreign aid, embassy costs, and veterans’ health care for the war operations initiated since the 9/11 attacks,” the Dec. 8 report states.

A statistical breakdown shows $686 billion (43 percent) spent on Operation Enduring Freedom in Afghanistan $815 billion (51 percent) for Operation Iraqi Freedom/Operation New Dawn; $27 billion (2 percent) for Operation Noble Eagle (ONE) to provide enhanced security at military bases; and $81 billion (5 percent) “for war-designated funding not considered directly related to the Afghanistan or Iraq wars,” according to the report.

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