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NEW YORK — The United States is spending millions of dollars to destroy U.S. equipment in Iraq and Syria — gear the U.S. gave the Iraqi military that was later captured by ISIS forces.

The U.S has hit 41 Humvees since attacks began in August, according to data from United States Central Command.

The U.S. is sending $30,000-bombs to eliminate these armored vehicles, which cost about a quarter of a million dollars each depending what it is equipped with, according to Todd Harrison, a senior fellow at the Center for Strategic and Budgetary Assessments.

The U.S. Defense Department confirmed the targets to CNN. “In some cases, we have seen instances of ISIL capturing and employing U.S.-made equipment,” said a spokesperson. “When we’ve seen these terrorists employing this equipment, we’ve sought to eliminate that threat.”

Once the U.S. destroys the equipment, it might have to re-supply the Iraqi military.

“If we want them [the Iraqi military] to be able to secure their own borders in the long run, we’re going to have to re-equip them,” said Harrison. “So we’ll be buying another Humvee and sending it back to the Iraqi military.”

This loop is only one small example of the complexities that drive current expenses and how the U.S. may be paying for them in the future.

The overall cost of U.S. operations in Iraq and Syria rose this week with the U.S.’s first strikes inside Syria. That campaign began on Monday evening with the blunt force of 47 Tomahawk missiles, which cost about $1.5 million each.

The U.S. led coalition sent 48 strike-ready aircraft. Those formations included the first combat mission for the F-22 Raptor, which costs about $62,000 an hour to fly, making it the most expensive manned aircraft to operate.

Those aircraft were likely carrying bombs that range in cost from $20,000 to $30,000.

The Tomahawk, which is launched from a ship, is more expensive because it’s essentially a disposable plane.

“It is launched out of a tube, its wings deploy, and it has a jet engine that flies it up to 1,000 miles to its intended target,” said Harrison. ”The whole thing blows up when it reaches its target, so it only gets used once.”

In total, the U.S. has conducted 20 strikes in Syria and 198 in Iraq from August 8 through September 23. Many of those operations weren’t included in the Pentagon’s daily average spending figure of $7.5 million at the end of last month.

3 comments

  • Ron Russell

    How about eliminating the threat by taking equipment with you after a war/military action. Seems to be a common denominator in past wars. I was watching a re-run of “American Pickers” the other night. It was their trip to Italy. They visited a “Museum” of American equipment. One piece was a “working” Sherman tank. There seems to be something wrong with this strategy. Most likely done to save $…….in the short run.

    • Right Wing Patriot

      This was part of the agreement when we left (which was stupid by the way). The Iraqi army was to assume possession of all our military equipment for their defense. BUT, our moronic leader decided to pull out ALL our troops out despite the warnings from the top generals that we needed to leave a residual force behind of about 20,000 to assist the Iraqis…which they ultimately cut and run. Thus ISIS captured all our stuff. Obama is an inept.

  • maciej hofman

    How are we bombing our own equipment if the United states GAVE it to the Iraqis. This states nothing of why we are bombing them. This is not news, who ever wrote this should not be getting paid. Lame. Oh no carp we are sending bombs to get rid of gear we don’t want the bad guys to get. Do you want to send in the Marines to risk life’s to save some old humvees because it cost however much. Move to a different country.

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