Pentagon: Price tag for war on Islamic State is $2.7 billion, most of it for Air Force

Associated Press

The Pentagon says the U.S. has spent more than $2.7 billion on the war against Islamic State militants in Iraq and Syria since bombings began last August, and the average daily cost is now more than $9 million.

The Defense Department is releasing a detailed breakdown of the costs, showing that the Air Force has borne two-thirds of the daily spending.

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The daily combat, reconnaissance and other aircraft flights eat up more than $5 million a day. And the data provide a rare look into special operations costs, which totaled more than $200 million since August.

Congress has debated and rejected legislation that would have banned spending on the combat operations until lawmakers passed a new war powers resolution.