Afghanistan, costs of the mission for Italy. Spent 8.7 billion
The peace mission in Afghanistan failed. The Taliban won their war, which lasted twenty years. But not only the United States has invested financial resources and men to restore peace to the Middle Eastern country. Italy has also played its part and the final balance is alarming. In twenty years of interventions in the area – reads the Fatto Quotidiano – 50,000 soldiers have been employed, of these, 53 people lost their lives and 723 were injured. Two decades in which Italy has spent a total of 8.7 billion euros, of which 840 million have been invested since 2015 alone in training the Afghan army. Those same troops that in ten days liquefied in the face of the Taliban advance. Ended on 9 June with the flag-dropping ceremony and the usual photos of Defense Minister Lorenzo Guerini in Herat.
The most substantial military commitment for Italy after the Second World War – continues the Fact – began in 2001, as part of the ISAF mission (Internatio – nal Security Assistance Force), with the dispatch of the first 350 soldiers and the first 82 million spent, between a planned allocation of 71.6 million and “extra costs” for another 10, according to the data contained in the old missions and processed by Mi lex – Observatory of Italian military expenses. A commitment continued in the following years with a constant but regular increase in resources, which from 286.1 million in 2002 to 389.8 million in 2008. From that moment, the cost curve soars: the pressure of the Taliban rises and also grows the number of attacks and civilian casualties.