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Extra civilians in Afghanistan cost $2 billion
Boost in US civilians to Afghanistan cost nearly $2 billion since 2009, auditor says
By The Associated Press

WASHINGTON (AP) ' A new audit says the cost of sending extra civilians to work on development, the economy and other issues in Afghanistan has been nearly $2 billion over the last two years.

The report says the number of civilians in the country from the departments of State, Agriculture, Justice and other agencies rose from 320 in early 2009 to 1,040 in June 2011.

Thursday's report from the special inspector general for Afghanistan reconstruction says figuring out future costs will be hard amid U.S. budget uncertainties and because it's not known exactly how many civilians will be needed in Afghanistan in the years ahead as troops drawn down.

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