US anti-IS operations have cost almost 1 bln dollars

25,000 ground troops would cost 1.1-1.8 bln per month, report

30 September, 18:27

    (ANSAmed) - NEW YORK, SEPTEMBER 30 - The US has already spent between 780 million and 930 million dollars to fight the Islamic State (IS) in Syria and Iraq, according to a report released by the Center for Strategic and Budgetary Assessment in Washington on Monday .

    The report noted that the US would have to spend between 200 and 320 million per month to deploy 2,000 US service members on the ground. If there were instead to be 5,000 units and airstrikes were to be conducted at a rate of 150 per month, alongside 120 reconnaissance flights, the cost would rise to between 350 million and 570 million dollars per month. The report states that, were 25,000 ground troops to be deployed (a scenario ruled out by US president Barack Obama), alongside 200 airstrikes per month, the cost would be between 1.1 billion and 1.8 billion per month. The report on the anti-IS operations was issued after the US conducted 220 airstrikes in Iraq and 40 in Syria. Some 47 Tomahawk missiles have also been launched from US ships, each of which costs over a million dollars. (ANSAmed).

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