(CNSNews.com) – A special report posted on the Department of Defense website presenting about the ongoing fight against the "ISIL" terrorist group in Iraq and Syria says that the operations have cost an average of $11.4 million per day since they started in August 2014.
“As of February 29, 2016, the total cost of operations related to ISIL since kinetic operations started on August 8, 2014, is $6.5 billion and the average daily cost is $11.4 million for 571 days of operations,” said the report.
The report, “Operation Inherent Resolve: Targeted Operations Against ISIL Terrorists,” also shows that the United States and coalition countries “as of 3:59 p.m. EST Mar. 29,” have conducted 11,230 air strikes on targets and “as of Mar. 28,” U.S and coalition countries “have flown an estimated 87,940 sorties in support of operations in Iraq and Syria.
The U.S. alone has conducted 8,584 air strikes since operations began – 5,137 in Iraq and 3,447 in Syria. The remaining coalition has conducted 2,646 air strikes -- 2,419 in Iraq and 227 in Syria.