WATCH: The costs of US wars post 9/11 | Fin24

WATCH: The costs of US wars post 9/11

Sep 11 2018 22:39
White rose at the 9-11 Memorial in New York City

A white rose at the 9/11 Memorial in New York City. (Photo: iStock)

Related Articles

Trade war with US could cost China millions of jobs, warns JPMorgan

What Trump's trade war is really about


It's been 17 years to the day since the tragic September 11 attacks in the US which claimed the lives of almost 3 000 people. The costs of war since then have increased exponentially.

The US' post 9/11 wars in Afghanistan, Iraq and Pakistan have resulted in around 400 000 direct and an estimated 800 000 indirect civilian deaths. The combined total of 1.2 million war-induced deaths exclude the lives taken by militant groups that were produced due to the US invasions.

The US Department of Defence says it has spent $1.5trn on wars since 9/11, but other studies suggest the actual figure estimated in 2017 is three times more at over $5.6trn, costing the average US taxpayer $23 386 on these wars since 2001.

* SUBSCRIBE FOR FREE UPDATE: Get Fin24's top morning business news and opinions in your inbox.



Company Snapshot

Money Clinic

Money Clinic
Do you have a question about your finances? We'll get an expert opinion.
Click here...

Voting Booth

Do small independent businesses stand a chance against big corporates in SA?

Previous results · Suggest a vote