Military Capabilities

US forces expand air campaign to northern Afghanistan

08 February 2018

The US military announced on 6 February that they launched a series of precision strikes in northern Afghanistan in an effort to destroy insurgent revenue sources, training facilities, and support networks.

“Over the past 96 hours, US forces conducted air operations to strike Taliban training facilities in Badakhshan Province, preventing the planning and rehearsal of terrorist acts near the border with China and Tajikistan,” US Forces-Afghanistan (USFOR-A) said in a statement, adding that the strikes also destroyed stolen Afghan National Army vehicles that were being converted into vehicle-borne improvised explosive devices.

During the operations, a US Air Force B-52 Stratofortress, which had recently been reconfigured with a conventional rotary launcher to increase its reach and lethality, dropped 24 precision-guided munitions on Taliban fighting positions, setting a record of the most guided munitions ever dropped from a B-52.

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