August 23rd, 2011
10:39 AM ET

How much does the Libya intervention cost the U.S.?

Answer:  The exact amount the U.S. has spent in Libya to-date has not been released. Yet, according to the Pentagon, the cost through July 31 was $896 million. If costs have been sustained (about $6.6 million a day) then the total now would be $1.05 billion.

Micah Zenko at the Council on Foreign Relations runs the numbers from available data and comes up with $1.1 billion.

To compare, the U.S. was spending $6.2 billion and $3.5 billion each month in Afghanistan and Iraq, respectively, as of the end of April.

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Topics: Libya • United States

soundoff (8 Responses)
  1. j. von hettlingen

    The American tax-payers can rejoice! Besides, these costs are not unretrievable losses like those in Iraq and Afghanistan! The Obama-Administration will bill the rebels for its mission there! They asked for help, how they will have to pay for it!

    August 23, 2011 at 11:29 am | Reply
  2. sjdsh

    In terms of the innocent people we have now murdered,1300 Libya this weekend???The cost? ASKTHEM!!!

    August 23, 2011 at 11:47 am | Reply
  3. dill weed

    $999,999,999,999,999.00 cha ching!

    August 23, 2011 at 12:45 pm | Reply
  4. Dill weed

    $999,999,999,999.00 cha ching!

    August 23, 2011 at 12:49 pm | Reply
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