Ever since the US started conducting military operations against the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria since mid of June, Pentagon has spent a whopping amount of $1.1 billion, revealed the US Central Command.
The data of expenditure on anti-IS operations in Iraq and Syria has been released at a time when the extremists are said to be close to take the Syria-Turkey border town of Kobane, where despite the costly US strikes, the IS fighters have managed to wreak havoc. Thousands had to flee Kobane yesterday fearing the IS onslaught.
The United States started launching air strikes in Iraq on August 8 and in Syria on September 22.
The US strikes were conducted as part of President Barack Obama’s comprehensive strategy to degrade and destroy ISIL. The destruction and degradation of ISIL targets in Syria and Iraq further limits the terrorist group’s ability to lead, control, project power and conduct operations, according to Department of Defense.
Almost 50 percent of the cost incurred was by US Navy air strikes and Tomahawk cruise missiles that were used to pound on ISIS targets in Syria.
According to the US Central Command, over $62 million alone was spent by US Navy while conducting strikes against the IS. The US Navy is reported to have dropped approximately 185 munitions while the Air Force have launched nearly 1000 munitions.