'US plans huge military spending in Iraq'
American soldiers in Iraq (file photo)
The United States is set to spend more than USD 6 billion in Iraq in 2012, despite Washington's plans to withdraw American troops from the war-ravaged country by the end of 2011.
Most of the allocated budget is going to be spent on military purposes, said US Ambassador to Iraq James Jeffrey in a Monday report by Anti-war.com.
"We are standing up an embassy to carry out a USD 6.5 billion program, when you throw in the refugee programs as well as the actual State Department budget for 2012, of assistance in support for Iraq on a very broad variety of security and non-security issues," Jeffrey told reporters at a roundtable.
"The direct budget, operating and assistance (to Iraq), was USD 6.2 billion," Jeffrey said.
He said there is also "a little less than $300 million that goes to refugee and displaced person programs.
The US troops are mandated to leave Iraq by the end of 2011.
The latest report on the US military spending in Iraq comes despite the US administration's cuts in public spending such as Medicare to compensate for the budget deficit.
The US has reportedly spent over USD 1 trillion on its wars in Iraq and Afghanistan since 2001, according to the Washington Post.
Polls show, however, that Americans support cuts in US military spending.