The US military’s 20-year involvement in the Iraq war has cost nearly $1.8tn and is predicted to reach $2.89tn by 2050, with between 550,000 and 580,000 deaths, including military personnel, contractors, journalists, and NGO workers.
A new report from the Costs of War project has estimated that the US military has spent almost $1.8tn on the Iraq war over the past 20 years. The report also predicts that this cost will rise to $2.89tn by 2050 when factoring in the cost of caring for veterans of the Iraq war and subsequent operations in Iraq and Syria. The report estimates that the war has resulted in between 550,000 and 580,000 deaths, including military personnel, contractors, journalists, and NGO workers. The health care costs of future veterans are expected to be around $1.1tn.While the Pentagon declined to comment on the report’s findings, Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin has stated that the US is committed to remaining in Iraq to train its military and support efforts to eradicate ISIS.