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Afghan war costs $300 million a day

The war in Afghanistan is costing the United States nearly 300 million U.S. dollars per day (over 200 million euros).

This is evident from the U.S. budget which was presented by President Barack Obama on Monday.

The United States is working to gradually withdraw troops from Afghanistan and Iraq.

For Afghanistan that saves almost nothing but Iraq will save the U.S. significantly.

The budget for the war in both countries decreased by 41.5 billion U.S. dollars (almost 28 billion euros) to 117 billion U.S. dollars (almost 80 billion euros) in the next financial year.

President Obama had promised to start in July with the withdrawal of nearly one hundred thousand U.S. troops from Afghanistan.

Defense Secretary Robert Gates declined to say how many of them will return to the U.S. in the short-term.