After the withdrawal of American troops from Afghanistan, many questions are being raised. It is being reviewed how justified the deployment of US troops in Afghanistan was. What a costly deal this has proved to be for America. Meanwhile, US President Joe Biden said that the time has come to end America’s longest war. He said he wants all US troops to withdraw from Afghanistan before September 11. He has extended President Trump’s deadline of May 1, 2021.
Invaded Afghanistan in October 2001
In fact, the US invaded Afghanistan in October 2001 to oust the Taliban from power. The US alleged that the Taliban regime in Afghanistan is harboring Osama bin Laden and other terrorist organizations linked to al-Qaeda. The US considers bin Laden and Al Qaeda responsible for the terrorist attacks. This is considered to be the beginning of the war between Taliban and America. The US has spent billions of dollars and sent a large number of troops to fight the Taliban in Afghanistan. Not only this, America has also spent on reconstruction in Afghanistan.
During the war, the number of American soldiers exceeded one lakh.
During the war, the number of American soldiers at one time reached one lakh ten thousand. According to US government data, between 2010 and 2012, when the number of US troops in Afghanistan crossed one lakh. America’s annual spending on the Afghan war has exceeded $100 billion. By December last year, the number of US troops in Afghanistan had dropped to four thousand. This year the number of soldiers has reduced even more.
A top Defense Ministry official gave this information to the US Congress
In 2018, the annual expenditure in Afghanistan was $45 billion. A top Defense Ministry official gave this information to the US Congress. According to the Defense Ministry, $778 billion was spent between October 2001 and September 2019 on the Afghanistan war. In addition, Afghanistan has spent 44 billion dollars on development projects. According to official US data, between 2001 and 2019, the US spent a total of $822 billion in Afghanistan. According to a research conducted in the year 2019 at Brown University on US spending in Afghanistan and Pakistan, the US has spent about $ 978 billion. The research further states that it is difficult to accurately estimate spending in Afghanistan, as expenditure is calculated differently in different departments of the government.
$19 billion loss in 10 years
In its report presented to the US Congress in October 2020, the agency that monitors America’s reconstruction efforts in Afghanistan said that between May 2009 and December 2019, there was a loss of $ 19 billion. Since the start of the war against the Taliban in 2001, more than 2,300 American soldiers have lost their lives, while 20,660 soldiers have been injured during the fighting. According to research from Brown University, more than 64,100 Afghan soldiers and policemen have been killed since the start of the war in October 2001.