U.S. drops record number of bombs in Afghanistan
The U.S. forces stationed in Afghanistan dropped a record number of bombs in 2019, according to a recent data by the U.S. air forces.
The U.S. military conducted 2,434 airstrikes in the war-hit country to drop 7,423 bombs, marking a steady rise over 7,362 weapons released in 2018, the U.S. Air Forces Central Command (AFCENT) said in a report.
The airstrikes were carried out when the U.S. and Taliban engaged in rejuvenated yet fragile peace talks Doha, last year.
The U.S. military has stepped up its airstrikes on Afghanistan since President Donald Trump was elected in 2016 as the White House removed earlier restrictions that provided greater oversight over aerial attacks aimed to prevent civilian casualties. According to a UN report released last year, 717 civilians were killed in Afghanistan during the first half of 2019. Most of the casualties were caused by airstrikes.