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US' estimated tab for Middle East wars since 9/11 is US$4.4t - and rising fast

Brown University research body's estimate of the bill is three times higher than the Pentagon's authorised budget

The study said that the US and other governments tend to underestimate the growth in the number of military veterans and the cost of disability benefits after these veterans' tours of duty. This constitutes one of the largest portions of defence spending.


THE cost of US wars in Iraq, Afghanistan, Pakistan and Syria has soared to US$4.4 trillion since 9/11, and has been estimated to rise to US$5.6 trillion in the coming years.

A study by Brown University's Watson Institute of International and Public Affairs has indicated that

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