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Study: US Has Spent $2.8T on Counterterrorism Since 9/11

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FILE- In this Tuesday, Sept. 11, 2001 file photo, fire and smoke billows from the north tower of New York's World Trade Center after terrorists crashed two hijacked airliners into the World Trade Center and brought down the twin 110-story towers. A bill passed by Congress allowing the families of 9/11 victims to sue the Saudi government has reinforced to some in the Arab world a long-held view that the U.S. only demands justice for its own victims of terrorism, despite decades of controversial U.S. interventions around the world. (AP Photo/David Karp, File)

Post-9/11 counterterrorism spending by the United States totaled $2.8 trillion from 2002 through 2017 — 16 percent of the entire U.S. discretionary budget, a new study showed.

The study by the Stimson Center, a policy research group, reported the tally includes expenditures for government-wide homeland security efforts, international programs, and the wars in Afghanistan, Iraq, and Syria.

It found that funding peaked at $260 billion in 2008 at the height of wars in Afghanistan and Iraq; last year, counterterrorism spending was $175 billion. The average was $186.6 billion per year over 15 years — a figure more than the overall 2017 defense expenditures of Russia, India and South Korea combined, Defense News reported.

Here is the breakdown of spending during the 15-year period, Defense News reported:

The study authors conceded the final figures were “imprecise,” and warned “the transparency of current data is eroding” — noting the Office of Management and Budget’s annual homeland security report has been discontinued for fiscal year 2018, Defense News reported.

The group recommended “a clear and transparent counterterrorism funding report,” and new legislation requiring Congress to vote to approve spending designated as war-related emergency or wartime overseas contingency operations spending.

via www.newsmax.com

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