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Costs of War

Costs of War
Over 330,000 Killed by Violence, $4 Trillion Spent and Obligated The wars begun in 2001 have been tremendously painful for millions of people in Afghanistan, Iraq, and Pakistan, and the United States, and economically costly as well. Each additional month and year of war will add to that toll. Moreover, the human costs of these conflicts will reverberate for years to come in each of those four countries. There is no turning the page on the wars with the end of hostilities, and there is even more need as a result to understand what those wars’ consequences are and will be. The goal of the Costs of War project has been to outline a broad understanding of the domestic and international costs and consequences of those wars.

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