In 2001, the US reached Afghanistan to eliminate the Taliban from the root. The US claimed that Al Qaeda chief Osama bin Laden, accused of attacking the World Trade Center here, was kept in hiding. Gradually, the number of American soldiers stationed here increased and its expenditure also increased. In 2011, this number had reached the highest number of 110,000. However, last year the number of soldiers was reduced to 4 thousand.
Where was the expenditure?
According to the BBC report, this number could be even higher. Apart from America, armies of many other countries were stationed in Afghanistan and during this a huge amount of money was spent. Even according to US government figures, the annual expenditure on this war reached $100 billion between 2010 and 2012.
After this, the US started spending its budget on the training of the Afghan army instead of taking action on the Taliban, and then this expenditure started decreasing. A senior Pentagon official told the US Congress that by the year 2018, annual spending had reached $ 45 billion.
How much did the total cost?
At the same time, according to the US Defense Ministry, $ 778 billion had been spent on Afghanistan from October 2011 to September 2019. In addition, the US Department of the Interior, along with the US International Development Agency and government agencies, spent $44 billion on the reconstruction project. That is, the total expenditure between 2001 and 2019 was $822 billion.
According to a 2019 study by Brown University, the US spent $ 978 billion on the war against the Taliban, including Afghanistan and Pakistan. It was added to the allocated fund for the year 2020.
How much do other countries cost?
Apart from America, Britain posted here spent $ 30 billion and Germany spent $ 19 billion. The US and NATO have pledged $4 billion every year to the Afghan military by 2024, despite the withdrawal of troops. So far NATO has delivered goods and equipment worth $72 million.
Since 2002, the United States has spent $143 billion on reconstruction in Afghanistan. More than half of this was spent on Afghan security forces. $36 billion was given for administration and development, some amount was given for the eradication of drugs and other humanitarian works.
cost of human life
The biggest price has been paid by human lives. At least 2,300 American soldiers were killed while more than 450 British soldiers also lost their lives. 20.6 thousand American soldiers were wounded. More than 45 thousand Afghan soldiers were killed in just five years till 2019. According to research by Brown University, 64 thousand personnel of the National Army and Police had died after 2001. Not only this, after the year 2009, at least 1.1 lakh civilians either died or were injured.