Afghan war stepped up

The Star Early Edition - - WORLD -

THE US air war in Afghanistan has re­turned to a level of in­ten­sity not seen since Amer­i­can forces fought Tal­iban mil­i­tants daily in 2012, ac­cord­ing to re­cent mil­i­tary data.

As of June 30, US and coali­tion air­craft had ex­pended 1 634 mu­ni­tions in Afghanistan this year. In 2015 and 2016, that fig­ure was 298 and 545 re­spec­tively.

Most of this year’s strikes have been on the Tal­iban, said Navy Cap­tain Bill Salvin.

The surge in US-led air at­tacks comes as the Pen­tagon weighs whether to send more troops. Some politi­cians see an in­crease in sup­port for the US’s long­est war as fu­tile.

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