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    U.S./NATO Occupied Afghanistan: 1) (CBC) Cost of Afghan mission double Conservative estimate ; 2) (PV) Afghan War Will Cost CDN. Taxpayers $22 Billion  
    Message 1 of 1 , Oct 9, 2008
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      U.S./NATO Occupied Afghanistan: 1) (CBC) "Cost
      of Afghan mission double Conservative estimate";
      2) (PV) "Afghan War Will Cost CDN. Taxpayers $22
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      1) Yahoo News, via
      The Canadian Broadcating Corporation
      http://ca.news yahoo.com/ s/cbc
      Oct. 9, 2008

      http://ca.news yahoo.com/ s/cbc/081008/ canada/canada_ afghanistan_ costreport

      Cost of Afghan mission double
      Conservative estimate: report

      2 hours, 12 minutes ago
      The cost of Canada's mission in Afghanistan, slated for release
      on Thursday, could be more than double what the Conservative
      government has estimated, according to an Ottawa think tank.

      Prime Minister Stephen Harper's government has previously
      estimated that the total cost to date of Canada's mission,
      which began in 2002, is under $8 billion.

      That's less than half the $17.2 billion that the Rideau Institute
       predicted in a study entitled The Cost of the War and the End
      of Peacekeeping, which was released Wednesday. The institute's
      tally includes the cost of ammunition, equipment, military salaries,
      health care, disability and death benefits and economic aid

      The institute said Canadians can expect another $11.1 billion to
      be spent between now and 2011, which is the date the
      Conservative government has pledged to withdraw most of
      Canada's military forces from combat duties in Afghanistan.

      "It's clear that the government's budgetary and foreign policy
      hands will be tied if it intends to keep our troops in Afghanistan
       through December 2011," said Steven Staples, president of the

      A report by Parliamentary budget officer Kevin Page, entitled
       The Fiscal Impact of the Canadian Mission in Afghanistan,
      will be made public Thursday morning.

      While the report has been ready for weeks, its release required
      the support of all party leaders. They, as well as Harper, gave
      their blessings last month - despite concerns it could sway how
      Canadians cast their ballots in the federal election on Oct. 14.

      Public opinion surveys have repeatedly shown that Canadians
      - especially voters in the key electoral battleground of Quebec
       - are lukewarm to the mission.

      The Rideau study also predicted additional costs of up to
      $7.6 billion, once factors such as health care, disability and death
      benefits for wounded or killed soldiers are taken into account,
      bringing the eventual total to more than $28 billion by 2011.

      Page has already said his report will consider the costs of veterans
      programs, while he is also expected to factor in more traditional
      spending points such as military salaries and equipment purchases.

      Canada has about 2,500 troops in Afghanistan' s volatile province
       of Kandahar.

      The mission started in early 2002, shortly after the U.S.-led invasion
       that toppled the Taliban government, although some Canadian
      soldiers on exchange with the American military were in Afghanistan
       months earlier.

      To date, 98 Canadians, including one diplomat, have lost their lives
      serving in the conflict.

      The institute study's co-author, David Macdonald, said the Defence
      Department has reduced its United Nations peacekeeping
      contributions by more than 80 per cent since the Afghan mission
      began, to $15.6 million in 2008-09 from $94.1 million in 2000-01.

      Staples said "the cost of the war in Afghanistan has essentially
       resulted in the abandonment of Canada's 50-year commitment
       to UN peacekeeping. "

      The study also found that about 167 Canadian soldiers and police
      officers were deployed on peacekeeping missions as of July of
       this year, ranking Canada 53rd of 119 contributing nations.

      With files from the Canadian Press
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      2) People's Voice (Vancouver, Canada)
      http://www.peoplesv oice.ca
      Oct. 1 to 15 2008 issue

      http://www.peoplesv oice.ca/Pv01oc08 .html#4_AFGHAN_ WAR_WILL_ COST_TAXPAYERS_ 22

      $22 BILLION

      PV Vancouver Bureau -  The Afghan war will ultimately end up
      costing Canadian taxpayers over $22 billion, or about $700 per
      person. The figures are contained in an upcoming study by David
      Perry, a former deputy director of Dalhousie University's Centre
       for Foreign Policy Studies. The study will appear in the
      International Journal, published by the Canadian International

      Canwest News Service reports that some of Perry's findings
      were discussed at a Sept. 16 conference attended by military
       leaders and analysts from Canada, the U.S. and several
      Asia-Pacific nations.

       In an interview with Canwest, Perry said he was not surprised
       at the numbers, since "We're fighting a war on the other side of
       the world and that takes a lot of resources." 

       The breakdown includes:
      * $7 billion for the incremental cost of the war from late 2001 to
      2012, everything from ammunition and fuel to the salaries of
       reservists and contractors.

      * $11 billion for long-term health care of Afghan war veterans
      and related benefits, as well as dealing with post-traumatic
      stress disorder among troops.

      * $2 billion to purchase mission-specific equipment, such as
      Leopard tanks, howitzers, counter-mine vehicles to aerial drones
      and six Chinook helicopters. Defence officials argue that such
      equipment will be used on future missions beyond Afghanistan.
      The figure didn't include the latest $95 million lease for
      additional aerial drones.

      * $2 billion for the replacement of the military's LAV-3 fleet.
       "This fleet is going to be worn out pretty soon from the wear
      and tear of Afghanistan and will have to be replaced," said

      * $405 million for repair and overhaul costs.

      Perry's study finds that the Liberal government had provided
      extra funding to the Defence Department to cover 85 per cent
       of the Afghan war costs. The Conservatives, however, are
       funding only 29 per cent of the cost to the Defence Department
      for the war, with the remaining money coming out of DND's
      existing budget.

      Last January, the head of the army, Lt.-Gen. Andrew Leslie,
      warned that the service was stretched almost to the breaking
      point and replacement stocks of equipment for Afghanistan
      have long been used up, either destroyed by the enemy or in
      the process of being repaired. Leslie warned that much of the
       service's combat vehicle fleet is in need of repair, the result of
      operating in the harsh Afghan terrain or from excessive use in
       training in Canada for the war.

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