Report: Afghan Military Spending Grew 557% Over 9 Years

army vehicleA new report from the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute indicates that 23 countries have doubled their military spending over the last 10 years, Defense One reported Monday.

Kedar Pavgi and Ben Watson write Afghanistan has raised its military spending by 557 percent from 2004 to 2013, followed by Azerbaijan with a 493 percent spending growth.

Iraq also increased military funding by 284 percent over the past decade, according to the report.

Other countries that have also pumped huge amounts of money into military weapons include Ghana, Algeria, Angola, Ecuador, Honduras and Paraguay, the report says.

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