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Pentagon wants to keep war chest despite Afghan 'exit'

Pentagon wants to keep war chest despite Afghan 'exit' 05 Mar 2014 The Pentagon wants to keep its US$80 billion war chest even though most or all US troops are to withdraw from Afghanistan by the end of this year, officials said on Tuesday. "Overseas contingency operations" [aka billions for 'Blackwater'] funds are separate from the main Pentagon budget and have financed wars in Afghanistan and Iraq and counter-terrorism efforts elsewhere for more than a decade. The Defence Department's proposed budget, released on Tuesday as part of the White House's annual spending plan, calls for US$79.4 billion in war funding for fiscal year 2015. That represents only a small cut in the overseas operations fund accorded US$85.2 billion this year's main budget.