News You Really Need To See: “U.S. Has Flown 2,320 Strikes Against Islamic State at a Cost of $1.83 Billion: Official”

“U.S. Has Flown 2,320 Strikes Against Islamic State at a Cost of $1.83 Billion: Official”

Reuters, March 19, 2015

http://www.reuters.com/article/2015/03/19/us-mideast-crisis-usa-idUSKBN0MF2HC20150319

“The U.S. military has flown 2,320 air strikes against Islamic State militants since Aug. 8 at a cost of $1.83 billion, hitting thousands of targets including tanks, oil infrastructure and fighting positions, the Pentagon said on Thursday.  The strikes by U.S. forces amounted to about 80 percent of the total number carried out by a multinational coalition.  In all, the partners have flown 2,893 air strikes, with 1,631 in Iraq and 1,262 in Syria, hitting 5,314 targets. … The tally covered air strikes conducted between Aug. 8, 2014, and March 18, 2015.  The Pentagon has said that as a result of the strikes oil sales are no longer the primary source of revenue for Islamic State.  As of March 12, the Pentagon had spent about $1.83 billion on the strikes, an average of about $8.5 million daily, [Pentagon spokesman Army Colonel Steve] Warren said.”

Quickie analysis:  To add insult to injury for the US taxpayer: the strikes have targeted, among other things, hundreds of US-supplied Humvees and M1A1 Abrams tanks that ISIS had captured from the Iraqi army. Perhaps next time we should provide gear with a remote “off” switch :-).

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