15 Feb '11, 12am

Despite a reduced 2012 defence budget, the war in Afghanistan will still cost the US around $384 million a day

Despite a reduced 2012 defence budget, the war in Afghanistan will still cost the US around $384 million a day

A US Marine looks on during a patrol in Dizor village of Musa Qala district in Helmand province. -- PHOTO: AFP WASHINGTON - THE withdrawal of American troops from Iraq will allow for a reduced US defence budget in 2012 but the war in Afghanistan still costs the United States close to US$300 million (S$384 million) a day. Under the Pentagon's proposed budget, the cost of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan will drop to US$117.8 billion for fiscal year 2012, a reduction of US$41.5 billion from the previous year. As the US war effort winds down in Iraq, the budget sets aside US$10.6 billion for 'Operation New Dawn,' with the remaining 50,000 US troops there due to withdraw by the end of 2011. Spending for the Afghan mission calls for US$107.3 billion, down slightly from the last budget, which requested US$113.5 billion. President Barack Obama has vowed to start a withdrawal in J...

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