UK military operations since cold war have cost £34bn, says study

Royal United Services Institute study says bulk of money was spent on Iraq and Afghanistan, interventions judged later to be “strategic failures”

Britain’s military operations since the end of the cold war have cost £34.7bn and a further £30bn may have to be spent on long term veteran care, according to an authoritative study.

The bulk of the money has been spent on interventions in Iraq and Afghanistan judged to have been “strategic failures”, says the study, Wars in Peace, published by the Royal United Services Institute (RUSI).

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