US Airstrikes Hit Decade High In Afghanistan

By Tyler Durden

While Trump professes antipathy for US conflicts abroad, the US military in Afghanistan last year was busy dropping the most bombs in at least a decade, reported Military.com.

American fighter jets, strategic and stealth bombers, attack aircraft and helicopters, and drones dropped an unprecedented 7,362 bombs in 2018, according to the latest US Air Force Central Command airpower statistics report published last week.

For more clarity on just how many bombs were dropped in 2018, the second-highest year on record was 2011, when the US dropped 5,411 bombs during the height of the Operation Enduring Freedom – Afghanistan (2001–14), according to available government figures dating back to 2009.

“Throughout the last year, the air component has supported multiple ongoing campaigns, deterred aggression, maintained security, and defended our networks,” said Lt. Gen. Joseph Guastella, Combined Forces Air Component Commander, in a news release.

“We’ve orchestrated coalition airpower to destroy the [Islamic State] caliphate, support Iraq, and enabled significant progress in Afghanistan,” Guastella said.

The “Combined Forces Air Component Command 2015-2018 Airpower Statistics” spreadsheet, found within the report, shows a tremendous increase in the “number of weapons released,” starting in the September 2018 through the end of the year.

The unclassified data …read more

Source:: Zero Hedge

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