September was the month of nonstop steel rain in Afghanistan, according to the US Air Force.
948 air munitions were reportedly released as part of Operation Freedom’s Sentinel, making a larger number of weapons dropped in one month than any point since October 2010.
A massive amount of sorties have been moved this year, with around 5,431 bombs dropped on Taliban targets.
According to Fox News, the US dropped around 7,362 munitions in 2018, and 2019 may end up surpassing the number.
Interestingly enough, Monday was the 18th anniversary of the first US airstrike in Afghanistan.
President Donald J. Trump spoke of the bombings in mid-September, after the killing of multiple individuals -including an American- prompted him to call off peace talks.
“The Taliban has never been hit harder than it is being hit right now. Killing 12 people, including one great American soldier, was not a good idea,” he tweeted on September 14. “There are much better ways to set up a negotiation. The Taliban knows they made a big mistake, and they have no idea how to recover!”
More than 2,400 US troops have been killed since the US invaded Afghanistan in 2001.
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