DoD: $8.7 Billion So Far Fighting ISIL in Iraq and Syria, Averaging $12.1 Million A Day

By Penny Starr | September 19, 2016 | 2:40pm EDT
This undated image posted on a militant website on Tuesday, Jan. 14, 2014 shows ISIS fighters marching in Raqqa, Syria (AP Photo)

( – In a special report on Operation Inherent Resolve, the Department of Defense (DoD) details the actions and cost of fighting the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant, or ISIL -- $8.7 billion so far for an average of $12.1 million a day.

“As of July 31, 2016, the total cost of operations related to ISIL since kinetic operations started on August 8, 2014, is $8.7 billion and the average daily cost is $12.1 million for 724 days of operations,” the report stated.

The report also detailed the number of air strikes that have been conducted by the United States and its coalition countries in Iraq and Syria. As of Sept. 13, the U.S. has conducted 11,558 strikes in Iraq and Syria (6,657 in Iraq and 4,901 in Syria).

Coalition forces (which include Australia, Belgium, Canada, Denmark, France, Jordan, the Netherlands and the UK, in addition to Saudi Arabia, Turkey, and the United Arab Emirates in Syria) have conducted 3,148 strikes in Iraq and 266 in Syria.

The total number of targets hit, as of May 2016, is 26,374 and include tanks, armored vehicles, staging areas, buildings, fighting positions, oil infrastructure and “other” targets.

“The president has authorized U.S. Central Command to work with partner nations to conduct targeted air strikes of Iraq and Syria as part of the comprehensive strategy to degrade and defeat the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, or ISIL,” the special report stated.

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