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Infographic of the Day: Where’s the Money Going in Afghanistan?

Would you believe it costs $1 million for every solider we send?

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War is incredibly expensive–but when you hear figures ranging from $1 to 3 trillion, it’s easy for the eyes to glaze over. What helps put it in perspective is how much it costs to deploy every single solider. For example, when you average the $65 billion cost to deploy 68,000 troops to Afghanistan in 2010, that comes to about $1 million a soldier.

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What exactly is costing all that money? Newsweek created this graphic as an answer:

Cost of War

Be sure to check out the actual graphic, which has details of the costs when you mouse-over each section.

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About the author

Cliff was director of product innovation at Fast Company, founding editor of Co.Design, and former design editor at both Fast Company and Wired.

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