Lessons of costly conflicts – from Iraq to Afghanistan

Cost of post cold war UK military operations more than £34bn, says new study
Most spent on ‘strategic failures’

What went wrong with operations in Iraq and Afghanistan which costs most of the £37bn Britain has spent on military conflicts over the past fifteen years (excluding the long-term cost of veteran care estimated to amount to as much as £30bn), seriously dented the reputation of the armed forces, and reduced the appetite for further overseas interventions?

Britain’s armed forces and their commanders did not adapt quickly enough to a different enemy fighting a completely different kind of war.

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