Friday, February 10, 2017

It Costs The U.S. $220,000 To Kill One Islamic State Fighter

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Zero Hedge: Cost Of War Against ISIS Reaches $11 Billion

Since the air war against the so-called Islamic State kicked off in August 2014 ,the United States has spent just under $11 billion financing it. According to the most recent Pentagon figures, Statista'a Niall McCarthy reports that the bill for the campaign hit $10.99 billion as of December 31, 2016. On a daily basis, the cost of operations against the terrorist group averages $12.5 million. Since 2014, the cost of flying operations has reached $4.4 billion while $2.4 billion of munitions have been expended against ISIS targets.

As of January 27, U.S. and coalition warplanes had flown 136,067 sorties to degrade and destroy the terrorist organization. 17,734 strikes had been carried out by the middle of last week with 10,948 occurring in Iraq and 6,785 happening in Syria. 31,900 targets had been reported damaged or destroyed by late September of last year including 164 tanks, 388 humvees and 8,638 fighting positions. A military official told CNN in early December that as many as 50,000 ISIS fighters are believed to have been killed since military operations began in 2014.

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WNU Editor: So much for the belief that life is cheap in the Middle East (and elsewhere).

3 comments:

Anonymous said...

Only 11bn? Sounds like someone is cooking the books (again)

Hamilcar Barca said...

Love the smell of bullshit in the morning !

Aizino Smith said...

Cost depends on the willingness of the country to take casualties.

If the country is unwilling, the DoD will run training ops. It is not quite as good as a peer on peer war from proving out weapons, but it is better than a training range.