CHICOPEE, Mass. (WWLP) – It has been less than two months since the United States began airstrikes on ISIS militants in Iraq, and later in Syria, and we’re now getting the first idea of how much that military action costs.
The Center for Strategic and Budgetary Assessment, a military think tank, estimates that these initial attacks have cost about $1 billion.
Despite President Obama’s promises, many Americans anticipate that ground troops will be sent in eventually; which could cost up to $1.8 billion per month. Despite the cost, people that 22News spoke with said that they can understand the need to spend to fight ISIS.
“What do you do? Not do anything?” Joseph Markowski of Chicopee asked. “I don’t care what it costs. Even if we have to send in troops, if it comes to that, they’ve got to be stopped.”
The United States has conducted more than 200 airstrikes in Iraq, and the U.S.-led coalition has carried out more than 60 in Syria.