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Report: U.S. Spending $2 Billion a Week in Iraq

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Report: U.S. Spending $2 Billion a Week in Iraq

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Report: U.S. Spending $2 Billion a Week in Iraq

Report: U.S. Spending $2 Billion a Week in Iraq

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A U.S. tank patrols the streets in Diwaniyah, Iraq, in September. AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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A U.S. tank patrols the streets in Diwaniyah, Iraq, in September.

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A new analysis by the non-partisan Congressional Research Service shows the continued U.S.-led occupation of Iraq is now costing U.S. taxpayers almost $2 billion per week — an increase of 20 percent from 2005.

Winslow Wheeler, director of the Straus Military Reform Project at the Center for Defense Information, talks with Madeleine Brand about where the money's going and how much more might be needed.

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