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How much money do you think al-Qaeda spends on war compared to the United States $1,215,039,128,973.00 since 2001?

Asked by RealEyesRealizeRealLies (30938points) June 29th, 2011

Cost of War is rising constantly for the United States. How does that compare to what our enemies spend?

Are we trying to swat a fly with a sledge hammer? That might take strength, but what about smarts?

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mazingerz88's avatar

Major ache, in my head, right…now! Help.

450 billion in Afghanistan alone…

I know it’s impossible to pinpoint the exact number of the Al Qaeda daily or even monthly budget. Does the CIA even know. I’m guessing $4,825.75 a week? I heard they also save money after switching to Geico.

RealEyesRealizeRealLies's avatar

That’s what al-Qaeda spends?

mazingerz88's avatar

@RealEyesRealizeRealLies It’s a joke obviously. : )

RealEyesRealizeRealLies's avatar

I answered before seeing your edit… questioning the first figure of 450B.

mazingerz88's avatar

@RealEyesRealizeRealLies Sorry I was too cranky reacting that I did not indicate that is what the US spent on Afghanistan…so far. That’s quite a big chunk off US debt if!

FireMadeFlesh's avatar

According to Wikipedia, “In the 9/11 Commission Report, it was estimated that al-Qaeda required $30 million-per-year to conduct its operations.” There have been several people with ties to al-Qaeda who have been caught and charged with smuggling blood diamonds, as they do not have the same tracing systems as money and are therefore easier to sell on the black market.

Mamradpivo's avatar

Not a lot, relative to the cost of projecting hundreds of thousands of troops and weapons around the world.

flutherother's avatar

US: Cost of ‘war on terror’ including invasions of Iraq and Afghanistan $1.3 Trillion

Al Qaeda: Cost of AK47’s, explosives and suicide vests minus the cost of Bin Laden’s flat $1,300

SquirrelEStuff's avatar

“By Daniel Trotta – Wed Jun 29, 7:29 am ET
NEW YORK (Reuters) – When President Barack Obama cited cost as a reason to bring troops home from Afghanistan, he referred to a $1 trillion price tag for America’s wars.
Staggering as it is, that figure grossly underestimates the total cost of wars in Iraq, Afghanistan and Pakistan to the U.S. Treasury and ignores more imposing costs yet to come, according to a study released on Wednesday.
The final bill will run at least $3.7 trillion and could reach as high as $4.4 trillion, according to the research project “Costs of War” by Brown University’s Watson Institute for International Studies. ("

mattbrowne's avatar

Still significant. Osama was a filthy rich guy. And there are plenty of donations from all across the world disguised as Muslim charity.

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