Iraq's Challenge
Financial Cost: Eight years in Iraq
The war in Iraq has cost US taxpayers more than $800bn since the start of the 2003 invasion.
Last Modified: 14 Dec 2011 18:08


Data source: US Congressional Research Service   

The war in Iraq has already cost US taxpayers more than $800bn since the 2003 invasion began.

The vast majority of that money was spent by the US Department of Defense, with the balance appropriated for the State Department and USAID programmes, as well as the treatment of casualties by the Veterans Administration.

$50bn was spent on military operations in the first year, and that amount rose steadily to nearly $140bn in 2008.

The annual cost of the war has fallen steeply since then with just over $45bn requested for this financial year.

US civilian aid expenditure peaked early in the confict with nearly $20bn committed to rebuilding the country in 2004.

Since then, the State Department has not committed more than $4bn in aid in any one year.

Al Jazeera
Topics in this article
Featured on Al Jazeera
UNHCR says hundreds of people trapped in Yaloke town risk death if they are not evacuated to safety urgently.
'Justice for All' demonstrations swell across the US over the deaths of African Americans in police encounters.
Six former Guantanamo detainees are now free in Uruguay with some hailing the decision to grant them asylum.
Disproportionately high number of Aboriginal people in prison highlights inequality and marginalisation, critics say.
Long-standing dispute over Christian use of the word 'Allah' raises concerns about a very un-Merry Christmas.
The threat posed by ISIL has prompted thousands of young Kurds to join the PKK.
Baja California - with its own grim history of disappeared people - finds a voice in the fight against violence.
Russian feminist rockers fight system holding 700,000 - the world's largest per capita prison population after the US.
Weeks of growing protests against Muslims continue in Dresden with 15,000 hitting the streets last Monday.