We're Spending $9M a Day to Fight ISIS

Pentagon releases first detailed breakdown of costs
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Jun 12, 2015 8:30 AM CDT
We're Spending $9M a Day to Fight ISIS
In this Monday, Aug. 11, 2014 file photo, F/A-18 fighter jets take off for mission in Iraq from the flight deck of the US Navy aircraft carrier USS George HW Bush in the Persian Gulf.   (AP Photo/Hasan Jamali, File)

The US has spent more than $2.7 billion on the war against ISIS militants in Iraq and Syria since bombings began last August, and the average daily cost is now more than $9 million, the Pentagon said yesterday. Releasing a detailed breakdown of the costs for the first time, the Defense Department showed that the Air Force has borne two-thirds of the total spending, or more than $1.8 billion. The daily combat, reconnaissance, and other flights eat up more than $5 million a day. The data also provided a rare look into the often secret special operations costs, which totaled more than $200 million since August.

Other total costs include $438 million for the Navy, including fighters and other ship support; $274 million for the Army, which has trainers and special forces troops on the ground; $16 million for military pay; $646 million for munitions; and $21 million for intelligence and surveillance operations. The release of the spending totals came as Congress debated and rejected legislation yesterday that would have banned spending on the combat operations until lawmakers passed a new war powers resolution. (More ISIS stories.)

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