ISIS airstrikes would cost U.S. $4 billion dollars annually

By Balitang America, ABS-CBN North America Bureau

Oct. 1, 2014

REDWOOD CITY, Calif. – The United States has already spent nearly $1 billion dollars fighting the terror group ISIS and the costs would drastically go up if ground troops were added into the mix.

The Center for Strategic and Budgetary Assessment, a military think-tank, listed a range of estimated costs.

The study puts the current total of U.S. military air operations against ISIS at between $780 and $930 million dollars.

Maintaining the same level of operations would equal to about $4 billion dollars a year.

The addition of 25,000 troops on the ground could cost $1.8 billion dollars a month.

So far, U.S. military efforts have mostly been limited to air strikes in Iraq and Syria, but President Barack Obama says he has no plans for U.S. ground troops to engage in combat.

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