The U.S. Air Force is on track to triple the number of bombs dropped in Afghanistan this year compared with last year, new figures reveal as the White House opens a new front in America’s longest war.
The military dropped 3,554 weapons against the Taliban as of Oct. 31 — already nearly three times the 1,337 dropped in 2016 and nearly four times as the 947 fired in 2015.
Despite the significant uptick in strikes from above, the Taliban continues to terrorize a significant portion of Afghan territory below.
Gen. John Nicholson, the commander of U.S. forces in Afghanistan, said that the number of districts controlled by the Taliban was “roughly the same as last year” and noted that the Taliban had failed to take control of any cities.
But Bill Roggio, a senior fellow with the Foundation for Defense of Democracies and editor of its Long War Journal, disputed that assessment somewhat, saying that the Taliban controls or contests about 40 percent of Afghanistan — more than twice the area it had in 2015.
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