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For Britain, fewer troops in Iraq, but costs still rise

A parliamentary committee warned Monday that Britain’s military operations in Afghanistan and Iraq were likely to cost almost twice as much for the past 12 months as they did in the previous financial year, despite a drop in British troop numbers in Iraq. Responding to a committee report that put this year’s costs at $6.7 billion, the Defense Ministry said the rise was caused partly by higher combat bonuses paid to troops and partly by increased expenditure on “force protection,” particularly new armored vehicles to protect soldiers from roadside bombs that have killed increasing numbers of British troops in Afghanistan. Full Story

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