Obama Plans to Ask Congress for Another $33 Billion for Iraq, Afghanistan Wars

Saturday, 16 January 2010 11:18 By Mary Susan Littlepage, t r u t h o u t | Report | name.

The Obama administration plans to ask Congress for an extra $33 billion to fund the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, according to an Associated Press report.

The $33 billion would be on top of a record request for $708 billion for the Defense Department next year.

According to the AP, the administration also intends to tell Congress next month that its central military objectives for the next four years will include “winning the current wars while preventing new ones and that its core missions will include both counterinsurgency and counterterrorism operations.”

Top military commanders received a preview of the administration's budget plans through 2015.

The extra $33 billion in 2010 would mostly go toward the expansion of the war in Afghanistan. It comes after Obama ordered an extra 30,000 troops for that war late last year.

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