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America’s war bill: $20 billion

Washington, April 16 (Reuters): The US military has spent $20 billion on the war in Iraq and expects to spend roughly $2 billion a month to maintain thousands of troops in that country over the remainder of the current financial year ending on September 30, the Pentagon said today.

“The war has cost in the region of about $20 billion so far,” defence department comptroller Dov Zakheim told reporters at a briefing.

Zakheim said personnel costs have approached $7 billion, combat operations slightly over $10 billion and ammunition and equipment over $3 billion.

“A rough estimate of the monthly cost of the war from here on out — a really rough estimate — is approximately $2 billion” to maintain forces in Iraq, he added, stressing that combat operations were waning sharply. The US has not determined how long its forces will remain in Iraq.

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