B-52 bombers, which have played a key role in the U.S. air campaign over Mosul, can carry up to 70,000 pounds of bombs. (US Air Force photo/Robert Horstman)
Military.com: 'Intense' US Bombing in Mosul Meant Strike Every 8 Minutes
During the opening three days of the Mosul offensive, U.S.-led airstrikes rattled the city at a rate of one bomb every eight minutes, an official said.
The sheer volume of strikes sets the operation apart from others in the ongoing campaign against militants affiliated with the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria, or ISIS, according to Col. Daniel Manning, the deputy director of the Combined Air Operations Center.
"It's a pretty intense bombing campaign if you think about each of these bombs are precision-guided weapons … so it's a really high rate to be concentrated over one city over a prolonged period of time," Manning told Military.com in a telephone interview Friday.
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WNU Editor: Since these bombs are precision guided weapons I can only imagine the devastation they are having on the enemy .... and on the city itself..