Cost of ending Kandahar war and bringing home army equipment: $651 million

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Cost of ending Kandahar war and bringing home army equipment: $651 million

Post by eva on Thu Nov 01, 2012 10:14 pm

Cost of ending Kandahar war and bringing home army equipment: $651 million

OTTAWA - The cost of ending Canada's war in Kandahar, bringing home all the military's equipment and reconditioning it is expected to top $651 million, according to figures and projections compiled by National Defence.

The Harper government has yet to deliver a final tally for the mission close-out costs, but a complete set of numbers could come with the release of a National Defence report to Parliament within weeks.

Packing up thousands of weapons, ammunition and hundreds of vehicles, including tanks and helicopters, was the biggest logistics operation for the military since the end of the Korean War in the early 1950s.

And the eye-popping estimate is only an incremental figure, the cost the federal government says it has paid over and above the routine expense of soldiers' salaries and support.

The full cost, when so-called routine expenses are considered, is roughly $924 million.

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