US spending billions to try and defeat ISIS jihadis
The Pentagon released figures that revealed more than £8.5billion has been spent since the conflict began two-and-a-half-years ago – 63 per cent (£5.3billion) of which goes to its air force, the most expensive military department.
Since 2012, £1.8billion has been spent to drop bombs on Syria and Iraq alone. Operation Inherent Resolve, led by Obama, only managed to damage and destroy 164 ISIS tanks and 2,050 staging areas out of 17,500 coalition strikes since the war began.
Overlooking the low target success rate, former President Obama said “no foreign terrorist organisation had successfully planned and executed an attack on our homeland these past eight years", in his final speech.
But Trump has been quick to slap down his efforts, and previously went as far to brand Obama; the “founder of ISIS”.
Ancient sites destroyed by ISIS
Thu, December 8, 2016
Daesh terrorists have blown up historical cultural heritage sites in the Middle East. These pictures show the ancient sites in all their glory before they were destroyed by ISIS.
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The giant Buddha statues, which were destroyed by the Taliban in 2001 in Bamiyan province
During his inaugural address, Trump the 45th President of the United States said defeating ISIS and other terror groups was his “highest priority”.
The President added: “To defeat and destroy these groups, we will pursue aggressive joint and coalition military operations when necessary.”
The Army is the next biggest expense at £1.4billion, followed by the Navy at £950million and the US Special Operations Command, which cost £680million.
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The Pentagon said Britain had joined in with eight airstrikes in Iraq and 11 in Syria, although the UK military welcomed the new year with fresh budget cuts.
Prof Malcolm Chalmers, Deputy Director-General of the Royal United Services Institute, told the Telegraph that Britain's Armed Forces were in for a tough few years.
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According to the official US figures, £67million has been spent to pay hard-working staff and £18million on sailing ships, although 8,000 buildings had been hit.
Local reports have resurfaced claiming ISIS leader al-Baghdadi has been "critically injured" in an air strike but US officials have said they cannot yet confirm the reports.