US spends $9 million a day on ISIL war: Pentagon

The United States has spent more than $2.7 billion on the military campaign against the ISIL terrorist group in Iraq and Syria, averaging more than $9 million a day, the Pentagon says.

The US Air Force has borne two-thirds of the total spending, or more than $1.8 billion, since President Barack Obama ordered airstrikes against ISIL last August, the Department of Defense said Thursday in its first breakdown of the operation’s costs.

The daily combat, reconnaissance and other flights use up more than $5 million a day, the Associated Press (AP) reported.

Operation costs rose from an average of $5.6 million a day to $9.7 million a day in mid-September, when US airstrikes expanded from Iraq into neighboring Syria.

War spending continued to average around that figure through late May.

Other costs include $438 million for the Navy, $274 million for the Army, $16 million for military pay, and $646 million was spent on munitions.

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