US-ISIS: $2.7 billion spent in the fight against ISIS

US-ISIS: $2.7 billion spent in the fight against ISIS

isisi-forcesThe Pentagon surprisingly revealed on Thursday the cost of its engagement in the war against ISIS in Syria and Iraq. The Bill totals $2.7.

This is the first time that the US Defense department has revealed its military operation cost.

The Pentagon said the bulk of the spending, more than $1.8 billion, goes to air forces and air strikes which started last August in Iraq.

Daily operations including reconnaissance engulf more than $5 million.

More than $200 million are spent in intelligence operations since the start of the military engagement in August.

The US is leading an international coalition carrying out air-strikes against ISIS fighters in Iraq. It also provides military advice to Iraqi soldiers and trains Iraqi fighters who have been battling the Islamist insurgents since August.

The US pledged to double its support to Iraq after the Iraqi Prime Minister panned the coalition of not doing enough to help Iraq to counter ISIS fighters.

The coalition expanded the operations to Syria where ISIS militants have given tough times to the Assad regime.

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 white House on Thursday announced it was sending more troops to train Iraqi fighters in an attempt to win back the cities and territories lost to ISIS.

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