Air Force’s Monthly Bombing Campaign in Afghanistan Hits 5-Year High (By

1. Since missions were turned over from Operation Enduring Freedom to the NATO-led Resolute Support in 2015, F-16s have dominated the fight, accounting for more than half of strike sorties — or a flight that includes a strike — than all the U. S. Air Force aircraft operating in Afghanistan, AFCENT officials told Military.

2. Even before the president’s highly anticipated announcement of an updated strategy for Afghanistan — his first major military and foreign policy plan since taking office in January — Army Gen. John Nicholson, commander of U. S. forces in Afghanistan and the NATO Resolute Support mission, had already been increasing airpower in the region.

3. 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.

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