The total cost of British military operations in Afghanistan since 2001 (up to and including financial year 2019-20) was £22.7 billion.
The Marquess of Lothian asked via a written question in the House of Lords:
“To ask Her Majesty’s Government what has been the total cost of British military operations in Afghanistan since 2001.”
Baroness Goldie, Minister of State for the Ministry of Defence, responded:
“The total cost of British military operations in Afghanistan since 2001 (up to and including financial year 2019-20) was £22.7 billion. Details of expenditure for financial year 2020-21 will be included in the MOD’s Annual Report and Accounts that will be published later this year.”
The War in Afghanistan was a conflict that took place from 2001 to 2021. It started with an invasion that led to the United States and its allies toppling the Taliban-ruled Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan in order to deny al-Qaeda a safe base of operations in the country.
For most of the period that followed, the war was officially fought between allied NATO and Afghan Armed Forces, and opposing Taliban insurgents. The Taliban regained power 19 years and 8 months later after defeating the Afghan Armed Forces following the withdrawal of most NATO forces.
The real cost of this war is 3,576 dead.
United States: 2,420
United Kingdom: 456
In addition, there were 22,773 wounded.
United States: 19,950
United Kingdom: 2,188
Figures from NATO.