Saturday, December 20, 2014

The U.S. Air Campaign Against The Islamic State Has Cost $1 Billion

Smoke rises over Syrian town of Kobani after an airstrike, as seen from the Mursitpinar border crossing on the Turkish-Syrian border in the town of Suruc in this file photograph taken Oct. 18, 2014. Reuters

U.S. Airstrikes In Iraq And Syria Have Cost $1 Billion -- ABC News

The cost of U.S. military airstrikes against ISIS in Iraq and Syria has topped $1 billion.

"As of Dec. 11, 2014, the total cost of operations related to ISIL since kinetic operations started on August 8, 2014 is $1.02 billion and the average daily cost is $8.1 million," said Commander Bill Urban, a Pentagon spokesman.

The Pentagon’s latest statistics show that as of Friday the U.S and its coalition partners had flown 1,371 airstrikes in both countries – 799 in Iraq and 572 in Syria.

American military aircraft have conducted 82 percent of the total number of airstrikes.

Lt. Gen. James Terry, the commander of the Combined Joint Task Force, Operation Inherent Resolve, told reporters Thursday at a Pentagon briefing that the airstrikes are having a significant effect on Daesh's ability “to command and control, to resupply, and to conduct maneuvering.” Daesh is the Arabic name for the ISIS acronym.

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Update: US Airstrikes Targeting ISIS Cost Over $1 Billion, Pentagon Says -- IBTimes

My Comment: $1 billion and counting .... with the U.S. commander pleading for patience .... something tells me that a few years from now that $1 billion will be just a drop in the bucket.

1 comment:

James said...

It's starting to get close where Kobani has been bombed more in pictures than in reality.