US War Spending in Middle East and Asia account for $5.9 trillion since 9/11

US war spending $5.9 trillion

The terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001 against the United States evoked destructions that are visible beyond the American boundaries. A latest study revealed that the US war spending in Middle East and Asia will soon exceed $6 trillion.

According to the report by Watson Institute of International and Public Affairs at Brown University, American taxpayers have borne $5.9 trillion, since the beginning of US-backed military and war actions. Besides, that total exceeded all federal government spending by $2 trillion, during the fiscal year 2017-18.

“The United States has appropriated and is obligated to spend an estimated $5.9 trillion (in current dollars) on the war on terror through Fiscal Year 2019,” the report said.

According to Neta Crawford, the author of the study, the $5.9 trillion figure reflects the cost across the US federal government, as the Defense Department does not bear the war price alone.

Crawford said that other than the money spent by the Pentagon, the report captures the “war-related spending by the Department of State, past and obligated spending for war veterans’ care, interest on the debt incurred to pay for the wars, and the prevention of and response to terrorism by the Department of Homeland Security.”

The annual Costs of War project report says that the US war spending through fiscal year 2019 is $4.9 trillion. The other $1 trillion reflects estimates of healthcare cost for post-9/11 veterans.

Besides, by 2039, the Department of Veterans Affairs will be responsible for serving over 4.3 million veterans, according to Crawford and the report.

The Treasury Department stated that the US government spent $4.1 trillion during fiscal year 2018 that ended in September.

Besides, the Defense Department accounted for 14.7 percent of that, and the Department of Veterans Affairs accounted for 4.4 percent.

The report warned that since all of the money is borrowed, the US war spending is most likely to be higher due to future interest costs.


The United States has been active in the military actions of Afghanistan, Iraq, Syria and Pakistan. The report by Brown University’ Cost of War Project also unveiled that up to 507,000 people have been killed in the US-supported wars in three countries after the 9/11 terrorist attacks.

“Between 480,000 and 507,000 people have been killed in the United States’ post-9/11 wars in Iraq, Afghanistan and Pakistan,” it said.

The report found that more than 244,000 civilians have been killed, while around 10 million people have been displaced due to violence. It also explained that none of the figures include over 500,000 deaths from the Syrian war that raged since 2011, as the US joined the conflict in 2014.

The terror attacks of 9/11 were one of the worst attacks in the history of US. However, its effects can still be seen in more targeting forms. The ongoing wars are definitely affecting the world peace, and the tally of deaths and fatalities are also escalating at a greater rate. Besides, the administration must put an end to the US war spending, as it is an extreme exploitation of the people’s money.


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