the cost of the wests military intervention in Afghanistan is now estimated to be $2 trillion or $2000000000000). The Taliban and extremism have returned mainly due to the abject poverty. It could have been so much better to have invested in humanitarian and education projects . According to SIRI this works out at about $90000 dollars for every person in Afghanistan, and even if spread over 20 years is considerably more than GNI of $500p.a.

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