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3-month war cost: $14-billion

By Wire services
Published February 12, 2004

WASHINGTON - The war in Iraq cost about $4-billion in September, spiked to $7-billion in October and hit just under $3-billion in November, the Pentagon said Wednesday in its latest report on how much the military operation costs.

Dov Zakheim, the Pentagon's chief financial official said analysts were trying to determine why the costs spiked in October.

FUNDS WON'T RUN OUT: The Pentagon on Wednesday sought to allay concerns that the military would run out of money to pay for the war in Iraq beyond next September, saying it could take funds from other accounts until the White House asks Congress for the extra money.

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RED CROSS VISITS: The Red Cross has visited imprisoned officials of Saddam Hussein's toppled regime and expressed confidence Wednesday that U.S. authorities will allow it to see the former Iraqi dictator "sooner rather than later." U.S. officials refused to comment on Hussein's interrogation.

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