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Report: Airstrikes Over Afghanistan Highest Since 2010

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In this Oct. 2, 2015 file photo, Afghan security forces inspect the site of a U.S. airstrike in Kunduz city, north of Kabul, Afghanistan. (AP)

By    |   Tuesday, 21 November 2017 05:28 PM

Airstrikes in October in Afghanistan hit their highest monthly point in nearly seven years — and those against ISIS fell to their lowest point since October 2014, Military Times reported.

The statistics, released Tuesday by the Air Forces Central Command, illustrate how the war against ISIS and the U.S.-led coalition is ramping up its efforts in Afghanistan in the more than 16-year war against the Taliban.

According to the outlet, 653 weapons were released over Afghanistan last month, more than any since November 2010, when aircraft released 866 bombs. The coalition also released 740 weapons in September 2010 and 1,043 in October 2010, Military Times reported.

For the year, 3,554 bombs were released in the first 10 months of 2017. At this rate, the U.S.-led coalition is likely to drop more than 4,000 bombs by the end of the year, which would at least triple the 1,337 released in all of 2016.

The outlet noted while the use of airpower is steadily increasing in Afghanistan, the number of weapons released against ISIS in Iraq and Syria declined in October. That month, the coalition released 1,642 weapons ― less than half the 3,550 released in September, and about a third of the 5,075 bombs dropped and cannons fired in August.

According to Military Times, the Air Forces Central Command declares the decline as a sign of the decisive victories Iraqis and allied Syrian fighters achieved over ISIS, "and the rapid disintegration of the so-called caliphate, allowing Iraqis and Syrians to reclaim more than 95 percent of the territory ISIS once controlled in their countries, and freeing 6.9 million people."

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Airstrikes in October in Afghanistan hit their highest monthly point in nearly seven years - and those against ISIS fell to their lowest point since October 2014, Military Times reported.
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