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U.S. government spending on Iraq war

Posted at 9:54 AM on December 13, 2011 by Paul Tosto

While the eventual total costs of the U.S. war in Iraq are estimated to run higher than $3 trillion, the federal government has spent a little less than $700 billion, according to the Congressional Budget Office.

Here's the CBO breakdown of Iraq and Afghanistan spending the past decade:

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Coincidentally, that total budget authority figure at the bottom of the chart is roughly equivalent to the $1.3 trillion U.S. budget deficit.


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Paul Tosto

Paul Tosto writes the Big Story Blog for MPR News. He joined the newsroom in 2008 after more than 20 years reporting on education, politics and the economy for news wires and newspapers across the country.