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America Will Throw Away $45 Billion In Afghanistan This Year

"$13 billion for U.S. forces, $5 billion for Afghan forces, $780 million for economic aid, and the left-over funds for logistical aid."

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The assistant secretary of defense for Asian and Pacific security affairs, Randall Schriver, told the Senate Foreign Relations Committee on Tuesday that the U.S. will spend an estimated $45 billion on the war in Afghanistan this year, the Hill reports.

Why it matters: The U.S. has been in Afghanistan for almost 17 years; President Trump announced a new strategy months ago, but there has been skepticism about whether or not it will force the Taliban into peace talks.

  • Schriver broke down the 2018 spending: $13 billion for U.S. forces, $5 billion for Afghan forces, $780 million for economic aid, and the left-over funds for logistical aid.

  • Sen. Jeff Merkley was skeptical the Taliban would be interested in "a political settlement," as they "control more territory than they did since 2001." The Taliban is currently operating in 70% of Afghanistan.

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    Sen. Rand Paul said the $45 billion is "just being thrown down a hatch in Afghanistan," per the Hill.


    Source: Axios


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