Cost Of War Against ISIS Reaches $11 Billion

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Since the air war against the so-called Islamic State kicked off in August 2014 ,the United States has spent just under $11 billion financing it. According to the most recent Pentagon figures, Statista'a Niall McCarthy reports that the bill for the campaign hit $10.99 billion as of December 31, 2016. On a daily basis, the cost of operations against the terrorist group averages $12.5 million. Since 2014, the cost of flying operations has reached $4.4 billion while $2.4 billion of munitions have been expended against ISIS targets.

As of January 27, U.S. and coalition warplanes had flown 136,067 sorties to degrade and destroy the terrorist organization. 17,734 strikes had been carried out by the middle of last week with 10,948 occurring in Iraq and 6,785 happening in Syria. 31,900 targets had been reported damaged or destroyed by late September of last year including 164 tanks, 388 humvees and 8,638 fighting positions. A military official told CNN in early December that as many as 50,000 ISIS fighters are believed to have been killed since military operations began in 2014.

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In other words, the United States has spent on average $220,000 per dead ISIS fighter in the 'war on terror'... so far.

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Proctologist's picture

Cost of fixing CIA and state department screw ups reaches $11 billion.

There, fixed it for you!

Dabooda's picture

Wondering how many of those "ISIS fighters" were women and small children.

QQQBall's picture

why do you think they file on west coast?

xythras's picture
xythras (not verified) QQQBall Feb 9, 2017 7:54 PM

Yeah. WTF, few fag local judges to rule for ALL US. 

They deserve the bullet.

If they want shitskins, fill all Washington state with them, don't decide for everybody else.

ACP's picture

The cost of taking out 4 federal judges with Hellfires is $120k.

Then we wouldn't need to spend all this money in the middle east.

Dormouse's picture

I wonder what the cost to fight The Varsity Team would be?

Normalcy Bias's picture

$11,000,000,000 is only off by a few decimal points...

The Saint's picture
The Saint (not verified) Normalcy Bias Feb 9, 2017 8:59 PM

We need to herd the ISIS fighters into smaller pens before we drop the bombs on them.


OregonGrown's picture

Smiles on the faces of PATRIOTS when taking back our republic ......Priceless......

sushi's picture

Does the total cost include the cost of the weapons USSA supplied to ISIS? 

Does it include the cost associated with the attack on the Benghazi consulate that was known to operating a 'RATLINE" used to smuggle weapons from Libyan stocks to Turkey, to ISIS?

Does the total amount include the various fees and "donations" delivered to, or accepted by, the Clinton Foundation during the "pay for play" period?

Does it inlcude the kickoff funding associated with the the first invasion of IRAQ that destablized the place and gave rise to ISIS?

Does it include the cost of the thermite charges used in the World Trade towers to get this party started?



Stuck on Zero's picture

If we paid $10K/scalp the ISIS war would have been over years ago.

Miss Informed's picture

You would have to take out AIPAC to make it stop


Who cares ? It was paid for in FED fiat bux, and those are the FED's problem. 

Fire them, and send them packing, debt and all.  

radbug's picture

Americans just can't do anything cheaply, can they? 

SHsparx's picture

Do you mean the money used to support them? Me thinks you have it confused.

VWAndy's picture

 Its anybodies guess as to how much we paid the other side. 2 maybe 3 X who knows?

TeethVillage88s's picture

$1 Trillion MIC / 1 Million max employees in MIC = $1 Million dollars per job in MIC.

But if defense MIC industry only has 500K jobs, then $2 M per Job cost.

Son of Captain Nemo's picture

Only $11 billion?...

Shit "thumbs up" to those boyz and girlz at Langley for the making Opium fields in Afghanistan the best "taxpayer" in American history given the damage of losing all that oil revenue in Iraq, Libya, Syria, Yemen and Iran that will NEVER AGAIN BE BOUGHT WITH USD!!...

Along with $24 trillion bill in nominal debt to pay for those war(s) of choice that WILL NEVER BE PAID!!!

swmnguy's picture

Yeah, right? $11 billion?  No fucking way.  Add a zero, maybe.

Anteater's picture

Every pfennig will be paid in Fed employee pensions and benefits, and Mnucinh will add more printing presses, if need be.

With DeVos at Education making massive cuts to States, and Sessions at Justice blocking any States chance at rebates,

you can bet that State workers are looking at their underfunded pensions, and screaming into their bathrobes at night,

especially since those underfunded State pensions are managed by Wall Street, with no fiduciary duty to return equity.

I see retirement developments springing up over the border in Mexico, where healthcare is as good and twice as cheap.

That's probably what's behind The Wall, keeping US retirees imprisoned in MIC nursing homes, on reverse mortgages.

And those reverse mortgages are anti-fiduciarilly managed by Wall Street, bwaa,ha,ha,ha,ha,ha,ha. 'Failure to thrive'!

Zorba's idea's picture

I thought you had to have equity in your house to qualify...the fucking bankturds took most of it in 08'

lead salad's picture

Does this include all the weapons 0fucknuts shipped to ISIS to arm them?

Supafly's picture

The weapons are written off as humanitarian aid.  The bombs, conveniently dropped on hospitals and the Syrian military cost 11 bil.  Arthur Andersen calculated the cost.

Zorba's idea's picture

nope..that was backchanneled thru some friends of barry's in benghazi

Odin McHaggis's picture

The Pentagon loses track of more than 11 billion a month.

shimmy's picture

And if Trump has his way, this cost will double in the next year as he makes this bullshit his entire presidency while ignoring more important issues that are hurting Americans.

Got to go after the boogeymen!


Miss Informed's picture

If the Zionists say jump.....

BlueHorseShoeLovesDT's picture

Maybe Trump can make a deal with ISIS to leave us alone.

swmnguy's picture

I'd guess such a deal is very possible.  Billions in aid funnelled through State Department-controlled NGOs, on thecondition it's all spent lodging all of ISIS in a Trump hotel.

No.Fifth.Turning's picture

It's amazing what you can buy with just paper.

QQQBall's picture

Put a $100,000 bounty a ISIS and let Merikens Mercs travel to ME free. Win/Win

QQQBall's picture

We all know that $11Billion is bullshit. That is petty cash to the war machine  - seriously

Overdrawn's picture

Maybe that is how much the Pentegon can't account for since 27th January.

Offthebeach's picture

11 billion?


Americans spend 20 billion on Valentines Day.

New American Revolution's picture

Those numbers are not only embarrassing, they're unbelievably low... and it get worse when you figure in how much money we and our so-called allies spent building ISIS up into the threat they've become, which, thanks to the leftist court on the west coast will soon be operating IN THE UNITED STATES of AMERICA.  

lakecity55's picture

I hope they catch McCain, cut off his head and shit down his throat.

Poor Miss Lindsey will just be thrown off a roof.


Duc888's picture

But the real burning question is how much did we spend to train, arm, deploy and support them. How about ongoing resupply?

lakecity55's picture

Damn, McCain and Miss Lindsey have given them 11 Billion dollars to kill people?


swmnguy's picture

Hah.  Add a zero, maybe.

Anteater's picture

Bush Jr and Obama spent $2T fighting 25,000 bearded hillbillies, by the CIAs own estimate, that's $80,000,000 per Taliban, or if you apply it to all 20-something males in Afghanistan, is enough to put every one of them through Harvard Law School, then install them as Third Undersecretary Assistant to the UN, under John Bolton's tutelage.

And still have $100,000,000,000s left over, for perpetual interest-only cocktails and canapes at the Palace of Grift in Kabul.

Now they say $6T is MIA at the Pentagon. Panetta promised an audit, but he bugged out fast after he got the Memo.

Then Hagel. He didn't last a New York nanosecond. Is there even anyone at the helm waiting for Mattis to log in?

It's Mob Rules Now, after Trump relieved Wall Street of any fiduciary duty to investors or their investments.

I give it about six months before Mnucinh announce a 'crisis' of missing SS/MC funds. Then we augur in.

wisebastard's picture

its a god damn shame...if mother fuckers could just get along like we are taught in grade school maybe we could use that money for something a little more peaceful?????......maybe we could take care of our old people.....maybe we could help out the homeless......but nope....instead....WE WILL BOMB THE FUCK OUT OF SOME INNOCENT PEOPLE........FUCK YOU!!!!!

Miss Informed's picture

We do what we're told. We are destabilizing the Middle East for the "Greater Israel Project".

hooligan2009's picture

given casualties are around one tenth those of an army, from this  -

1,900 targets had been reported damaged or destroyed by late September of last year including 164 tanks, 388 humvees and 8,638 fighting positions. A military official told CNN in early December that as many as 50,000 ISIS fighters are believed to have been killed since military operations began in 2014.

ISIS had 500,000 in its army?

wtf did they get 164 tanks and how many do they have left? shit, thats probably as many as syria has! (did the coalition of the willing leave any jets behind? - shit cant have, i hope)

Korprit_Phlunkie's picture

Can we get back to the old America where we only funded one side of the war? Then it would only be $5.5 billion.

besnook's picture

11 bil fighting isis and half a tril supporting them.