Newsweek: Washington spent six trillion dollars to combat "terrorism"
America has spent nearly $ 6 trillion in its war on "terrorism" since the September 11, 2001, attacks. This spending has not stopped, and is growing, in a war that has killed 500,000 people.
In an article in the Newsweek magazine, author Tom O'Connor, a Middle East, North Korea and foreign conflict expert, noted that the annual report of the Watson Institute for International and Public Affairs at Brown University of America on Wednesday's war costs covered Pentagon spending and emergency operations in Outside, in addition to war-related expenses by the State Department, spending on the care of old soldiers, the benefits on underdeveloped debt to pay for wars, the Department of Homeland Security expenses to address the "terrorism."
The author revealed that the latest census expected that the United States spending on the fight against "terrorism" until the fiscal year 2019 to about 5.9 trillion dollars.
Concern for national security
He said that the high costs of war and related spending are a concern for national security, because it is intolerable, adding that the September 11 attacks killed nearly three thousand people, while the US war on "terrorism" has killed more than 500 thousand people By invading Afghanistan and ousting Saddam Hussein after he was accused of developing weapons of mass destruction and harboring organizations that America considers "terrorist".
Despite America's first rapid victories in some areas, the US military has continued to expand its operations to 76 countries, 39 percent of the world, with many human rights violations and civil liberties inside and outside the United States.
Syria, Libya and others
The researchers estimated that the US war deaths in Afghanistan, Iraq and Pakistan are between 480,000 and 507,000, noting that this figure does not include the 500,000 war dead in Syria nor the victims of the civil war in Libya that began after the overthrow of America and its Western allies by the late Libyan Colonel Muammar Gaddafi.
The author concluded his report with a statement to US President Donald Trump in February that he said his country had spent seven trillion dollars in the Middle East, saying it was "a grave mistake."
A few weeks later, Trump told his military advisers he intended to prepare a plan to withdraw from Syria as the war against state organization came to an end, but senior officials in Washington expanded the US mission in Syria to confront Iran and its allies.