Monthly War costs in Afghanistan exceed Iraq

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As the US builds up its forces and increasing optempo in Afghanistan, the monthly operating costs for the war in Afghanistan are now growing higher than the monthly operating expenditures in Iraq.  The US still has more than 90,000 US troops in Iraq, but the majority are in “non-combat” positions and the US is expected to reduce troop numbers to 50,000 by the end of August.  However, any potential cost savings are being offset by the complex operation in Afghanistan, in which the average cost per troop deployed is at least 25% higher than in Iraq, due to the difficulty of delivering supplies and maintaining troops in the difficult terrain.