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Armored cargo trucks prepare to load cargo at the largest U.S. Army central shipping yard in Iraq, a key staging area for the U.S. drawdown in 2011. According to a new study by a Harvard researcher, the U.S. wars in Afghanistan and Iraq will end up costing taxpayers $4 trillion to $6 trillion. Stars and Stripes file photo The wars in Iraq and Afghanistan will ultimately cost between $4 trillion and $6 trillion, with medical care and disability benefits weighing heavily for decades to come, according to a new analysis. The bill to taxpayers so far has been $2 trillion, plus $260 billion in interest on the resulting debt. By comparison, the current federal budget is $3.8 trillion. The costs of the wars will continue to mount, said the study's author, Linda Bilmes, a public policy expert at Harvard University. The largest future expenses will be medical care and disability be...

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