War on ISIS is costing U.S. $9 million a day

According to a breakdown of costs released by the Pentagon, currently, the U.S. is spending $9 million a day to fight the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) with total costs as high as $2.7 billion.

Most of the money is going toward the Air Force, at least two-thirds of the cost is spent on the air campaign. The U.S. is part of an international coalition formed last August that has been conducting air strikes in Iraq and Syria.

This report comes after the U.S. House of Representatives approved a $579 billion defense spending bill. The bill contains money for more F-35 fighter jets and a slight pay raise for U.S. troops.

This is a strong defense bill that provides our troops with the resources they need and the raise they have earned,” House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio), said.

Both the monetary cost and the manpower cost has increased dramatically since the start of the campaign in August. This week the White House added 450 advisors to the military forces in Iraq, putting the total troops on ground at 3,500.

However, officials still hold to the idea that the troops are all meant to be advisors responsible for training the Iraqi forces to fight on their own. On Thursday the General Martin Dempsey, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff did not rule out further involvement from U.S. troops.

Dempsey raised the possibility of placing American troops closer to the front to call-in air strikes against ISIS positions.

He also left the door open to adding more U.S. training sites in northern Iraq.

 

[BBC][AP]