Updated at 1:36 pm EST
As turmoil in Iraq underscores the instability of a nation the U.S. spent a decade dismantling and then rebuilding, the Pentagon has a price tag for U.S. involvement there since 2001:
And as the U.S. prepares to withdraw combat troops from Afghanistan, the nation invaded soon after the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, the Pentagon has a price tag for U.S. involvement there from 9/11 through the end of Setepmber:
Bloomberg’s Tony Capaccio reports on the financial toll of the wars in the age of the “war on terrorism,” while noting that the total does not take into account the many billions spent on intelligence gathering and operations, the State Department’s activity or veterans’ benefits.
Pentagon estimates U.S. war on terrorism price tag through Sept. 30, via @ACapaccio. That’s $731B Iraq & $516B Afg
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With the fall of Fallujah over the past several days, the U.S. has been in “close contact” with Iraqi officials, Jay Carney, the White House spokesman, said today. “This is something for the Iraqis to take the lead on and handle themselves,” he said, while noting the U.S.’s continuing “significant commitment to the Iraqi government. The U.S., he said, is “accelerating military sales, including Hellfire missiles.