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WASHINGTON — The Iraq war continues to consume lives, both American and Iraqi. The conflict also is burning mountains of cash.

In early February, the Bush administration proposed a complex $715 billion defense spending package. There is $481 billion for standard Pentagon operations in 2008. There is $142 billion for the war next year. There is an extra $93 billion for the war this year — on top of the $70 billion already approved.

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