A U.S. Air Force B-52 dropped a record 24 guided munitions on Taliban forces in Afghanistan over the course of a 24-hour period, according to a U.S. Forces-Afghanistan statement.
This record-setting operation was part of a larger operation to take out key sources of revenue and training facilities for the terrorist group.
“The Taliban have nowhere to hide,” said Gen. John Nicholson, the commander of the unit. “There will be no safe haven for any terrorist group bent on bringing harm and destruction to this country.”
The previous record — 19 guided munitions — was set in November during an opioid and heroin strike, also in Afghanistan. After the November strike, Air Force Brig. Gen. Lance Bunch explained that the strike was the start of a new and more aggressive strategy.
“The new strategy highlights that this is a new war,” Bunch said at a press conference. “And that the gloves are off, if you will, and that we've got now these authorities we need to be able to go and target the Taliban network.”
“And so that is our new strategy going forward and it's definitely been a game-changer and the Taliban is definitely feeling it,” he concluded.
According to the Pentagon, about 11,000 troops are currently deployed in the Middle East in order to help fight terrorism and protect Middle Eastern civilians from extremist governments.
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