Wednesday, September 13, 2017

The U.S. Bombing Campaign In Afghanistan Is Quickly Expanding

An F-16 Fighting Falcon from the 555th Expeditionary Fighter Squadron takes off from Bagram Airfield, Afghanistan, Aug. 22, 2017. (U.S. Air Force photo/Benjamin Gonsier) Air Force's Monthly Bombing Campaign in Afghanistan Hits 5-Year High

The U.S. Air Force in August released more than 500 weapons in Afghanistan against terrorist organizations such as the Taliban, al-Qaida and the Islamic State, marking the most in a single month since 2012, according to newly released figures.

Aircraft such as F-16 Fighting Falcon fighter jet and MQ-9 Reaper drone have dropped more than 2,000 bombs this year, already almost doubling the number of weapons released during all of last year, according to Air Forces Central Command's latest airpower summary.

The busy strike month came as President Donald Trump, Defense Secretary Jim Mattis and top brass at the Pentagon met to discuss a new strategy for Afghanistan going forward.

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WNU Editor: More signs that the war in Afghanistan is "heating up".

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