Britain spent £18 billion on war in Afghanistan, figures show

The Telegraph – The five-year conflict in Helmand is officially estimated to have cost about £4 billion a year, according to Ministry of Defence figures published in a Commons defence committee report. But the panel of MPs accused the MoD of hiding the true cost of the war by refusing to disclose millions of unseen expenses. The report added that the bombing campaign in Libya is projected at £260 million if it lasts six months – significantly higher than forecasts made by George Osborne, the Chancellor, in March. When the first attacks on Col Gaddafi’s forces commenced four months ago, the Chancellor claimed that the cost to Britain would be “in the order of tens of millions of pounds, not hundreds of millions”. Read Article