Documents reveal estimated costs of Iraq war (UK)

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Fascinating stuff has just been released to my colleagues at the World Service, revealing the Treasury's assessments of what the war in Iraq might cost.

Documents prepared for Gordon Brown in the run-up to the 2003 Budget - and obtained by the BBC through freedom of information - say that the "best estimate" of the combat cost of the war is £3.1bn.

But that same document goes on to state clearly that the total "potential military costs" might be much more, some £5bn, since "the emerging politics of post-conflict Iraq are already pointing to a much more substantial commitment both in terms of size and length of stay".

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