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Pentagon plans little change to war budget despite Afghan exit

Published on Mar 5, 2014 6:06 AM
 
United States soldiers wait to start the multilateral training Eager Lion Exercise with their Jordanian counterparts, at Al Quweira near Aqaba city, 290km south of Amman on June 16, 2013. The Pentagon has proposed only a slight decrease in war funding in 2015, even though most or all US troops are due to withdraw from Afghanistan by the end of the year, officials said on March 4, 2014. -- FILE PHOTO: REUTERS

WASHINGTON (AFP) - The Pentagon has proposed only a slight decrease in war funding in 2015, even though most or all US troops are due to withdraw from Afghanistan by the end of the year, officials said on Tuesday.

"Overseas contingency operations" funds are separate from the Pentagon's "base" budget and have been used to finance wars in Afghanistan, Iraq and counter-terrorism efforts elsewhere for more than a decade.

After President Barack Obama came into office, his deputies vowed to shift the war spending back into the Pentagon's main budget.

But the Defense Department's proposed budget released on Tuesday calls for US$79.4 billion (S$100.7 billion) in war funding for fiscal year 2015, nearly the same as in the current year.

 
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