Cost of ISIS war passes $7 billion

Cost of ISIS war passes $7 billion
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The cost of the war against the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) has surpassed $7 billion, according to a Pentagon estimate released Thursday. 

The figure spans the total spent from when the U.S. began its air campaign in Iraq on Aug. 8, 2014, through March 31, 2016. 

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The average daily cost over 602 days of operation is $11.6 million, the Pentagon said. 

As the U.S. has added troops and intensified its efforts against ISIS, the cost of the campaign has gone up. 

The average daily cost on June 4, 2015 — the earliest the Pentagon has released statistics for — was $9.1 million. 

That total cost of the ISIS war — $7 billion for about 20 months — is nowhere near the tally for the Iraq and Afghanistan wars. 

The Congressional Research Service in 2014 estimated that the cost of those wars had hit $1.6 trillion, and some estimates run as high as $6 trillion.