Video: U.S. Air Force B-52 drops record number of bombs on Taliban in Afghanistan

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-In a conventional conflict, the B-52 can perform air interdiction, offensive counter-air and maritime operations. During Desert Storm, B-52s delivered 40 percent of all the weapons dropped by coalition forces. It is highly effective when used for ocean surveillance, and can assist the U.S. Navy in anti-ship and mine-laying operations. Two B-52s, in two hours, can monitor 140,000 square miles (364,000 square kilometers) of ocean surface. All B-52s are equipped with an electro-optical viewing system that uses platinum silicide forward-looking infrared and high resolution low-light-level television sensors to augment the targeting, battle assessment, flight safety and terrain-avoidance system, thus further improving its combat ability and low-level flight capability. (U.S. Air Force photo) (Source: Wikipedia)

Earlier this week, Fox News reported that a U.S. Air Force B-52 Stratofortress dropped a record number of precision guided bombs on the Taliban in a 24-hour period of time in Northern Afghanistan, citing a statement issued by the U.S. Forces-Afghanistan on Tuesday.

The statement said the bombing was part of a 96-hour air campaign that struck training facilities and sources of revenue like narcotics.  Stolen Afghan National Army vehicles “being converted to vehicle-borne” improvised explosive devices were also targeted, the statement read.

“The Taliban have nowhere to hide,” said Gen. John Nicholson, commander of the unit. “There will be no safe haven for any terrorist group bent on bringing harm and destruction to this country.”

According to Fox:

The B-52, which was recently reconfigured with a “conventional rotary,” dropped 24 guided munitions.

The U.S. military is pulling its forces from an American-led coalition base in Iraq and shifting them to Afghanistan following the defeat of Islamic State group militants in the country.

Western contractors at the base say U.S. troops began the drawdown over the past week, with groups of soldiers leaving the base on daily flights. The exact scale of the redeployment was unclear.

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