Cost of Iraq, Afghanistan, and Other Global War on Terror Operations Since 9/11 [Updated July 28, 2006]   [open pdf - 246KB]

"With passage of the FY2006 supplemental by both houses (H.R. 4939, P.L.109- 234), Congress has appropriated a total of about $437 billion for military operations, base security, reconstruction, foreign aid, embassy costs, and veterans' health care for the three operations initiated since the 9/11 attacks: Operation Enduring Freedom (OEF) covering Afghanistan and other Global War on Terror (GWOT) operations, Operation Noble Eagle (ONE) providing enhanced security at military bases, and Operation Iraqi Freedom (OIF), Iraq. The $437 billion total does not include the $50 billion 'placeholder' figure for FY2007 war costs that is listed in the FY2007 budget. Although the Administration has not formally submitted a request, both the House and Senate authorization (H.R. 5122/S. 2766) and appropriation bills (H.R. 5631) provide $50 billion for war costs in specific accounts. If that $50 billion is enacted, war appropriations would total about $487 billion, presumably covering part of FY2007's costs. DOD has not provided Congress with the costs of these three operations. Of the $437 billion appropriated through FY2006, CRS estimates that Iraq will receive about $319 billion (73%), OEF $88 billion (20%), and enhanced base security about $26 billion (6%), with about $4 billion that cannot be allocated based on available information (1%). About 91% of these funds are for DOD, about 8% are for foreign aid programs and embassy operations, about 1% is unallocated and less than 1% are for medical care for U.S. veterans of Iraq and Afghanistan."

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