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      03-10-2008, 06:39 PM   #1
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Exclamation Iraq and Afghan costs 'to double'

The costs of military operations in Afghanistan and Iraq this year are likely to almost double to 3.297bn, a committee of MPs has warned.

The Commons defence committee said operational costs for this financial year were now forecast to reach 3.297bn - a 94% increase on last year.

This included a 72% rise in spending on Iraq to 1.648bn, despite ongoing falls in troop numbers.

Last year's total spending on the two conflicts was 1.698bn.

The cost of the Afghan conflict would rise 122% to 1.649bn this year, the MPs said.

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