Friday Jun 10, 201109:37 AM GMT
Cost of Libya war soaring for US
Fri Jun 10, 2011 9:38AM
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A US Air Force F-16CJ Fighting Falcon jet operating in Libya
The costs of the United States' military operations in Libya have risen to millions of dollars more than the Pentagon's earlier estimate.

A Pentagon document called the “United States Contribution to Operation Unified Protector,” indicates that Washington has spent $664 million in the Libya war by mid-May, The Financial Times reported on Thursday.

Figures show a running cost of $60 million a month or $2 million a day for the US operations in the crisis-hit North African country. Pentagon officials had previously said in a congressional hearing that the US had spent nearly $40 million in Libya every month.

US Secretary of Defense Robert Gates said last month that Pentagon expected to spend “somewhere in the ball park of $750 million” on operations in Libya by the end of the 2011 fiscal year.

At the current rate of spending, the US Department of Defense will face an extra bill of $274 million until the end of the recently extended enforcement of a no-fly zone period by NATO toward the end of September.

The US is the biggest contributor to the war by conducting 70 percent of intelligence missions, over 75 percent of refueling flights and nearly 27 percent of all airstrikes, the report added.

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