Price Tag for Fighting ISIS in Iraq and Syria: $5.5 Billion, So Far

The United States is spending $11 million per day on the operation against ISIS in Iraq and Syria, which includes airstrikes as well as training of local forces.

That price tag comes out to $5.5 billion overall as of Dec. 15.

Col. Steve Warren, the spokesman for Operation Inherent Resolve, told reporters at the Pentagon in a teleconference from Baghdad that the air campaign has included 65,492 sorties and 9,782 airstrikes.

About two-thirds of those strikes have been in Iraq, with the rest in Syria.


A few nukes would cost a lot less.

  • bob e

    i don’t think they have any nukes that work ..

  • BillyHW

    Smallpox is cheap.

  • Jay Currie

    So would blowing up the oilfields and tanker A YEAR AGO!

    Obama is such a pussy (no offence Pip).

  • T.C.

    The U.S. spent $75 billion on food stamps in 2011. I think a lousy $5.5 billion is damn cheap. The Russians probably spent less (look at the planes they fly) and did far more damage to the Islamic State.