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US Air Force Dropped 251 Bombs, Missiles in two Months in Afghanistan, New York

The US Air Force has reportedly dropped 251 bombs and missiles targeting mainly the loyalists of the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) terrorist group in Afghanistan during the months of January and February.

According to the data compiled by the Air Force and carried in a report by The New York Times, the airstrikes in the first two months of the year was more than three times the strikes in the same period last year.

The increase in airstrikes followed by President Barack Obama’s grant of authority to launch attacks on Islamic State militants who had gained control over territory in several provinces, including areas in the Tora Bora region, where Osama bin Laden once took refuge.

Earlier, the highest record was 2013 when the US Air Force conducted 490 airstrikes but the raids reduced in 2014 where 206 airstrikes were reported.

It further reduced in 2015 with just 70 airstrikes after the Afghan national security forces took full control of the security responsibilities from the coalition forces.

The authority by Obama to target the ISIS loyalists followed amid concerns that the terror group was gaining foothold in the country amid efforts to consolidate operations with the militants in Syria and Iraq.

The coalition officials had earlier estimated around 1,000 to 3,000 Islamic State fighters in eastern Afghanistan is trying to establish a base of operations in the rugged mountains of Nangahar Province.

By Robert Muriisa.

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