US Has Spent $11.5 Million A Day For Past 542 Days Straight In Fight Against ISIS

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Authored MintPress' Kit O'Connell via,

After two years of bombing, the U.S. recently marked a horrendous milestone in a war with no clear end in sight.

Vocativ reported that the American-led coalition in the Middle East has now dropped 50,000 bombs in the ongoing campaign against Daesh (an Arabic acronym for the terrorist group commonly known as ISIS or ISIL in the West) that began in August 2014.

The analysis noted that bombing has increased with time, peaking in June when coalition forces dropped 3,167 bombs on Iraq and Syria.

“By comparison, U.S.-led forces in Afghanistan have dropped just over 16,000 bombs in the last six years, military data shows,” Shane Dixon Kavanaugh, a senior writer for Vocativ, wrote on Tuesday.

Although reports suggest Daesh is losing to ground forces in the region, the conflict still has no clear end in sight. And despite U.S. government denials, Kavanaugh reported it’s become increasingly clear that civilians are frequently killed by bombs dropped by the U.S. and coalition forces:

“Airwars estimates that at least 1,422 civilians have been killed by weapons deployed by coalition warplanes through July 18, a figure far greater than the 41 civilian deaths acknowledged by the Pentagon to-date.” reported Tuesday that hundreds of civilians may have been killed in coalition airstrikes on villages occupied by Daesh near the northern Syrian city of Manbij. Jason Ditz wrote:

“U.S. and coalition airstrikes against the northern Syrian villages of Tokhar and Hoshariyeh have killed at least 56 civilians, including 11 children, according to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights. Other groups claimed the civilian toll was as high as 200.”

“The Pentagon rarely accounts for civilians killed in airstrikes in Iraq and Syria, occasionally issuing statements with dramatic undercounts of the number of civilians they’ve killed since the war began,” Ditz noted. “U.S. attacks in and around Manbij alone have killed over 150 people in the past two months.”

In addition to the loss of human lives, the ongoing war on Daesh has a high financial toll. On Tuesday, Daniel McAdams, executive director of the Ron Paul Institute for Peace and Prosperity, wrote, “With each bomb costing on average somewhere around $50,000, those bombs have cost U.S. (for the most part) taxpayers at least two and a half billion dollars.”

And in February, The Hill reported that the cost of the war had already surpassed $6 billion by the end of January.

“A defense spokesman says that, as of January 31, the total cost to U.S. taxpayers of anti-ISIS operations that began on Aug. 8, 2014, is $6.2 billion,” reported Kristina Wong, defense reporter for The Hill.


“That’s an average of $11.5 million per day, for 542 days of operations. The average daily cost of operations has gone up from $11.4 million per day, as of late December.”

Since the real goal for this war has more to do with controlling the region’s energy resources and overthrowing Syrian President Bashar Assad than actually defeating Daesh, McAdams noted that profits for the military-industrial complex will continue to roll in even after the bombing finally ceases.

“Imagine how much damage to infrastructure, environment, etc. will have been done by 50,000 bombs,” he wrote.


“The U.S. taxpayers will pay once to blow the place up and then pay again to build it back up.”

So, more than 50,000 bombs later, are the U.S. and coalition forces any closer to eradicating Daesh? Official government sources under-report civilian death tolls, and the number of Daesh fighters killed so far is even harder to calculate, with the Pentagon and other official sources offering conflicting, biased reporting.

In October, The Atlantic’s Kathy Gilsinan reported that the U.S. military claimed it had killed 20,000 Daesh fighters in about a year. “Somehow, though, ISIS’s ‘overall force’ is the same size as it was when the U.S. air campaign expanded into Syria over a year ago,” she wrote.

Gilsinan argued that this inaccurate body count could help extend the war indefinitely, concluding:

“And if the United States can’t know when it has won—or lost—it can’t know when the killing will stop. Nor, apparently, exactly how much it has already done.”


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TradingIsLifeBrah's picture
TradingIsLifeBrah (not verified) Jul 22, 2016 9:33 AM

So how are we doing? :)

toady's picture

Sounds reasonable to me. 

froze25's picture

It's like we are trying to only give the appearance of fighting them while not trying to really hurt them...

War Machine's picture


But the moderate terrorists sure are hurting others - to include little kids.

CIA Rebels Behead Kid And Other U.S. Successes in Syria

These motherless fucks. Those in the US government, to include the CIA, supporting these mostly foreign jihadi fucks should be hunted down and shot where they stand.

The Covert Origins of ISIS

Mr. Kwikky's picture

I have ordered my 4x4 Toyota's very helpful transporting the corpses of all the traitors.

If the US beats ISIS/ISIL/DAESH/IS it commits suicide.

pods's picture

If they don't reduce the supply of bombs that they have they won't be able to buy new ones.

Then how will the MIC be able to buy off politicians?


MalteseFalcon's picture

The US is going to partner with Russia, so the US can claim half of Russia's success.

Meantime the US will sabotage Russian efforts.


Mr. Kwikky's picture

So you think the Russians are stupid and don't have the scenario's laid out..Chess is invented in the east.

MalteseFalcon's picture

No.  I just laid out the western perception, not the reality.

The script will be re-written as needed.

Mr. Kwikky's picture

Ok and parts will be eliminated, I assume.

FireBrander's picture

ISIS funding and support network:

The US Government: 

$50,000,000 PER MONTH in oil revue for ISIS...courtesy of NATO member Turkey.

""The United States refused to strike the over 1,000 ISIS controlled tanker trucks out of a stated concern about causing civilian casualties, a dubious assertion at best."


Oil Rich Nation Donations:

 "Grossing as much as $40 million or more over the past two years, ISIS has accepted funding from government or private sources in the oil-rich nations of Saudi Arabia, Qatar and Kuwait—and a large network of private donors, including Persian Gulf royalty, businessmen and wealthy families."



"terrorists coordinating geographical drop-off points for payments using cellphone applications such as WhatsApp and Kik. Not only can WhatsApp be used around the world but, crucially, it incorporates a GPS mapping tool that makes it easier for terrorists to communicate their exact locations to each other. Kik offers the added benefit of allowing terrorists to register a username without providing a phone number that could identify them. Affiliated ISIS Twitter accounts openly publish their Kik usernames."



FireBrander's picture

"The self-titled “Islamic State” (IS) and Al Qaeda before it, operate a global network and are currently waging war on multiple fronts. What amount of weapons, money, political support and transnational logistical arrangements must exist to support warfare stretching across North Africa, engulfing the Levant, creeping across Afghanistan and even attempting to take root in Southeast Asia?"

"To truly stop terrorism, the US would need to strike at the very source of their arms, cash and political support. Since it is clear that this source resides in Riyadh, Amman, Ankara, Doha and even Washington itself, it is obvious why the scourge of terrorism appears “unstoppable.”"


Graph's picture

Or....which ones are our guys ?

Countrybunkererd's picture

For all that firepower and money we have destroyed about 10 pick-up trucks.  Ok maybe 25.

Mr. Kwikky's picture

Brilliant and we paid for it..with the gratitude of the IRS.

FireBrander's picture

"we have destroyed about 10 pick-up trucks"...all supplied by US car dealerships...


How a Texas plumber's truck wound up in ISIS' hands

"“This does indicate that maybe down the road pickup trucks might be more closely tracked by officials as they are sort of a dual-use weapon of warfare,” Niedermeyer said. “Ironically, however, it seems at least a few of ISIS’s Toyota HiLux pickups actually came from the United States and Canada...sent them as non-lethal aid to Syrian rebels and they from there ended up in the hands of ISIS.”"



Yukon Cornholius's picture

Can't even send 'em American made. Don't they know F-150s are made with military-grade aluminum and come with six months free Sirius satellite radio?

Wang Dang SP's picture

$300,000 per KIA.  The guys making the potassium nitrate are winning.  And Charlie Sheen. 

FireBrander's picture

Syntax error; please reboot.

War Machine's picture

There is absolutely no doubt, none at all, that the United States military was not, irrespective of what may be happening over the past few months, seriously trying to degrade let alone destroy Syria.

No doubt.

War is a racket.

And this one is not about running Qatari pipelines through a bunch of jihadi bantustans so that their gas can compete with Israel's Leviathan find, to be developed with the help of a US corporation{s} based in Texas.

All the fuckery started within a week or two of the inking of the Iran-Iraq-Syria pipeline deal

"The primary author of “A Clean Break,” David Wurmser, also wrote another strategy document in 1996, this one for American audiences, called “Coping with Crumbling States.” Wurmser argued that “tribalism, sectarianism, and gang/clan-like competition” were what truly defined Arab politics. He claimed that secular-Arab nationalist regimes like Iraq’s and Syria’s tried to defy that reality, but would ultimately fail and be torn apart by it. Wurmser therefore called for “expediting” and controlling that inevitable “chaotic collapse” through regime change in Iraq.

Especially thanks to the incredibly effective efforts of the neocon Project for a New American Century (PNAC), regime change in Iraq became official US policy in 1998. Iraq’s fate was sealed when 9/11 struck while the US Presidency was dominated by neocons (including many Clean Break signatories and PNAC members) and their close allies.

Beginning with the ensuing Iraq War, the Yinon/Wurmser “divide and conquer” strategy went into permanent overdrive."


Trump is potentially a threat to these plans... which is why he is so hated by the NYT and Vichy DC Deep State.

Life of Illusion's picture


as I said before LUKOIL and  PetroChina pipeline easment clearing in action


Yukon Cornholius's picture

Same shit that precluded 9/11. The taliban were told to accept the TAPI pipeline or get carpet bombed.

Hugh G. Rection's picture

Why can't a single politician run on a platform of ending mideast wars, including the destabilisation of Syria and for that matter the Ukraine?

Save $11m/ day, while enormously relieving the refugee crisis. Is that really so bad, compared to our current course of action?

shining one's picture

Well, it seems we keep missing are targets. Unfortunately we keep blowing up civilians and Syria's infastructure. But hey ! don't worry there are plenty of Russian and Iraqi succesesful attacks that we have taken credit for, so we still look good in the main stream media.

Raul44's picture

Well known historical fact: Countries that were involved in prolonged period of wars went eventually bust. All of them.


shining one's picture

That sort of thinking does not work with the world. Because of advancements in finance and technology.

Rainman's picture

Viet Nam redux ... that is all.

Bill of Rights's picture

And Billions in Gun ( Fictional ) control laws that FAIL daily, yet they want more lol

NoDebt's picture

If those costs are accurate that could be the cheapest war we've run since Reagan kicked over some fruit stand country called Grenada back in the 80s. 

toady's picture

Yeah, it's kinda strange to see a "illion" with a "m" in front of it.... I only see "b" or "t" usually. 

Countrybunkererd's picture

That made me wonder how much of that (and the black book) money is passing through the market.  That sure would explain some things.  The rest, of course, not being used for bombing children and a few militant parents is in suitcases being handed out to the latest enemy of our enemy.

wmbz's picture

What a fantastic taxpayer investment! Just look at all we get in return, for this debt. 

Sure am proud of all the hard work the boyz in D.C. are doing for us. Nobody does it better! Go USSA!

A true fucking shame, but nothing new.

Jstanley011's picture

That bombing alone does not work has been known since World War II. Boots on the ground will be required.

OpTwoMistic's picture

Bombing which side??  Show me.

Vageling's picture

50,000 Bombs and IS is stil alive and kicking? What are they bombing? Shadows? 

BorisTheBlade's picture

Plenty of desert in these places.

toady's picture

For MIC stocks.... maybe I should pick up some Raytheon for a few days....

E.F. Mutton's picture

And the CEO's of General Dynamics, Northrop, et. al. thank you for the (ongoing) bonuses

ToSoft4Truth's picture

All lib organizations.... chock full of Lib Workers suckling from the teat. 

HenryHall's picture

It appears that Obama has caved in on handing Gulen over the Ergodan in the foreseeable future. He sent a team of experts to help the Turks prepare a correctly worded formal extradition application. Power and water has been restored to the Incirlik airbase on Friday (2016-7-22 local time).

Mr. Kwikky's picture

It means that the U.S. gets on it's knees and swallows what ever Erdogan is demanding. Putin is laughing his ass off..

What a fucking traitors we have in our country.

directaction's picture

Turkey wouldn't've tried that when Reagan was in office. Or Kennedy. 

Mr. Kwikky's picture

We have lost momentum...GAME OVER. Dig in and protect..

RagnarRedux's picture

AIPAC and friends are loving it!

The Ethnic Clique That Sold US The Iraq War

Eretz Israel/Future Israel

A Strategy for Israel in the Nineteen Eighties

by Oded Yinon, translated by Israel Shahak | KIVUNIM / Palestine with Provenance | February 1982

C-SPAN 1990: ISIS, Israeli Secret Intelligence Service

War Machine's picture

"War for oil' is still the majority consensus on what's really behind America's insatiable appetite for military adventurism in the Middle East. [1] The anti-war element in the U.S. and worldwide favor this explanation as the real reason for the American-led invasion of Iraq. Those that subscribe to the war for oil idea believe that the White House is acting under false pretenses to secure Iraq's oil reserves in the long term strategic interests of an aggressive and imperialistic America, or to benefit corporate interests. [2] [3]

Evidence of the predominance of this idea is reflected in the phrase itself. 'War for oil' has become part of the Western lexicon, a word sequence that everyone has heard and recognises, just like comparably familiar expressions such as 'tit for tat', 'spill the beans' or 'spank the monkey'. The 'no blood for oil' slogan [4] will go down in history as the defining sentiment of the anti-war scene of the noughties, testament to the widespread acceptance of the war-for-oil meme.

But an oil-grab evidently wasn't the main reason behind the American invasion and subsequent occupation of Iraq, at least not in any real, fundamentally causal way. The oil connection to the Iraq War - corporate profiteering, [5] [6] high level conflicts of interest (a la Cheney and Halliburton[7], George Shultz and the Bechtel Group [7b] ) and so on - appears to be almost entirely incidental, attributable to opportunism, and unrelated to the motivations of its architects. The evidence suggests that the Bush administration neoconservatives who planned the Iraq War, sold it to the world and ultimately oversaw it, did so to benefit a foreign power."


Who are the neoconservatives?

The neoconservative movement, which is generally perceived as a radical (rather than “conservative”) Republican right, is, in reality, an intellectual movement born in the late 1960s in the pages of the monthly magazine Commentary, a media arm of the American Jewish Committee, which had replaced the Contemporary Jewish Record in 1945. The Forward, the oldest American Jewish weekly, wrote in a January 6th, 2006 article signed Gal Beckerman:

“If there is an intellectual movement in America to whose invention Jews can lay sole claim, neoconservatism is it. It’s a thought one imagines most American Jews, overwhelmingly liberal, will find horrifying. And yet it is a fact that as a political philosophy, neoconservatism was born among the children of Jewish immigrants and is now largely the intellectual domain of those immigrants’ grandchildren”.

The neoconservative apologist Murray Friedman explains that Jewish dominance within his movement by the inherent benevolence of Judaism, “the idea that Jews have been put on earth to make it a better, perhaps even a holy, place” (The Neoconservative Revolution: Jewish Intellectuals and the Shaping of Public Policy, 2006).


In 2003, journalist Thomas Friedman of the New York Times counted twenty-five members saying, “if you had exiled them to a desert island a year and half ago, the Iraq war would not have happened”.

I don't blame "the joos" because I'm not a fucking idiot, and because plenty of them were vociferously against the wars.

But I do blame the Israel Firster Zionist Jew cunts who are relentlessly creating pretexts and lies

for wars for an expansionist, traitorous Israel, along with the 'neoliberals' and other chickenhawk fucks who have never been under fire or been up close.

False Flag: A series of CIA memos describes how Israeli Mossad agents posed as American spies to recruit members of the terrorist organization Jundallah to fight their covert war against Iran.

samsara's picture

The bombs are to do damage to the country, cities and towns NOT to kill 'Terrorists'

Imagine Trump joining Putin to Really bomb ISIS ? This gonna get good to watch