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Costs of War

Costs of War

Withdrawing U.S. Troops

Eyes Wide Open boots with Roses

Photo: AFSC / Terry Foss

AFSC has opposed every war since its inception in 1917, and the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan are no exception.  AFSC has been a steadfast voice for an end to the reliance on military solutions, withdrawal of US military forces and support for civilian-led reconciliation and reconstruction to resolve the conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan.  Our advocacy and education work stretches across the country utilizing a network of staff and volunteers to bring the message of the human and economic costs of the war to the general public and to our elected officials.  We focus on alternatives and explore the root causes of violence.

There are many ways to participate in our work on Iraq and Afghanistan, such as volunteering to host the Windows and Mirrors exhibit, participating in an open conference call briefing with an expert, sharing one of our videos on YouTube, or signing up to receive our email action alerts.

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Bring Cost of War to your community

AFSC created a Cost of War exhibit that includes 10 large (7'x3') color flags that dramatically illustrate the trade-offs we are making by spending $720 million per day on the war. This exhibit is very effective for public events. We have copies of this exhibit in 17 different states and hope to expand within the next couple of months.  If you would be interested in having the exhibit visit your community, please email Mary Zerkel at

Cost of War activist kit:

Learn About Afghanistan

A thumbnail for the Afghanistan resources

The Cost of War in Afghanistan

Published 2009 by: AFSC and The National Priorities Project

The document, “The Cost of War in Afghanistan,” gives a historical and cultural context to the seven-year-old conflict and details the human cost of war in thousands of casualties, both American and Afghan, and millions of refugees.


Summary Documents of AFSC’s Position on Afghanistan

Published by: AFSC, 2009


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