Pentagon planning to claim lowest-ever annual Afghan war costs since 2005
Washington: The Pentagon is planning to request the lowest-ever annual supplemental budget from the government, about 79.5 billion dollars, which is the lowest cost for anti-terror war ongoing since 2005.
The drop in budget comes as US troops and war equipments deployed in Afghanistan are returning to their homeland, Washington Times reports.
According to the report, President Barack Obama`s administration has seen decline in the appropriations as he plans to drive out most US forces from Iran and Afghanistan by the end of 2014.
In 2005, the annual cost request for the yearly supplemental was 75.6 billion dollars, which reached its peak at 187 billion dollars in fiscal year 2008, when 166,300 U.S. troops were deployed in Iraq during the `surge` under President George W. Bush.
2014 might see a higher cost per troop on the ground than previous years, as it will include the costs of moving and refitting the huge quantities of worn and war-damaged military equipment, the report added.