August 29, 2014 9:36 PM

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Washington, United States: US military operations against Islamic State in Iraq have cost an average of $7.5 million per day since they began in mid-June, the Pentagon said on Friday, a figure that means the department has spent more than $500 million on the conflict.

Rear Admiral John Kirby, the Pentagon press secretary, told a briefing the expense of US operations against Islamic State in Iraq had varied since US forces became involved on June 16 but on average "it's costing us about $7.5 million per day."

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