US and Afghan forces launched a series of strikes on 19-20 November against Taliban-linked drug production facilities in an effort to cut off the revenue streams of the insurgent group, according to the NATO-led ‘Resolute Support’ mission.
The forces conducted combined operations to target seven such drug labs and one command-and-control node in the north of Helmand Province, said the mission in a 20 November statement, pointing out that three of the strikes were conducted in the southern province’s Kajaki district, four in the Musa Qalah district and one in Sangin district.
The Afghan Air Force (AAF) led the airstrikes using A-29 Super Tucano light-attack turboprops, with support coming from US Air Force (USAF) B-52 bombers and other aircraft, including F-22A Raptor fifth-generation fighters, which operated for the first time over Afghanistan in the air-to-ground role, releasing Small Diameter Bombs.
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