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.