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The US Is Dropping Bombs On ISIS Even Faster Than It's Making Them

Defense Secretary Ash Carter said the fight against ISIS is depleting U.S. bomb and missile stockpiles.

By Kate Grumke | April 13, 2016

The U.S. is dropping bombs on ISIS even faster than it’s making them. 

The U.S. dropped more than 20,000 bombs and missiles on ISIS targets before the end of 2015. It's reportedly added to that total since then.

In Defense Secretary Ash Carter's budget proposal, he wrote, "The accelerating intensity of our precision air campaign against ISIL in Iraq and Syria has been depleting our stocks."

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For fiscal year 2017, the Pentagon wants 45,000 more GPS-guided smart bombs and laser-guided rockets. 

And those bombs aren’t cheap. The U.S. would be paying an average of $40,000 a bomb.  

Video via United States Central Command.

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