Best moments from the final Obama, Romney debate (2012)
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President Obama says Libya operation cost less than two weeks of war in Iraq

CRS: In 2008, Pentagon's obligations in Iraq reached average of $5.12 billion every two weeks

Pentagon, CRS say cost of U.S. portion of 2011 military operation in Libya was more than $1.6 billion

CNN  — 

President Barack Obama asserted during Monday’s presidential debate that it cost the United States less to help oust Libyan dictator Moammar Gadhafi than it did to run two weeks of the 2003-2011 war in Iraq

Obama, debating former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney at Lynn University in Boca Raton, Florida, made the comment while touting his decision to involve the United States in a NATO no-fly-zone operation that helped rebels overthrow Gadhafi over seven months in 2011.

The statement: Obama: “Keep in mind that I, and Americans, took leadership in organizing an international coalition that made sure that we were able to – without putting troops on the ground, at the cost of less than what we spent in two weeks in Iraq – liberate a country that had been under the yoke of dictatorship for 40 years.

Fact Check: Romney, Obama and Iraq

The facts: We can attempt a comparison by examining the Defense Department’s spending on the two operations.