first published on February 7, 2018 by Will
Drone feed video out of Afghanistan shows a speeding Taliban vehicle get strafed by an A-10 Warthog… twice.
The US has sent a squadron of 12 A-10 Thunderbolt II “Warthogs” to Afghanistan for the first time since 2012. The rate of airstrikes against Taliban and other insurgent targets in Afghanistan has tripled since Trump took office. The US dropped 4,361 munitions in 2017, compared with 1,337 in 2016.
“Afghanistan has become [CENTCOM’s] main effort, thanks to the recent successes in Iraq and Syria,” Air Force Maj. Gen. James B. Hecker, commander of NATO Air Command Afghanistan said. “This has allowed Centcom to shift more assets our way, which will significantly improve our ability to assist the Afghans.”
While the Taliban still control significant swathes of land in the south and east of the country, the revamped US campaign has stalled most advancements by ant government militant groups. According to Afghan President Ashraf Ghani, there are 21 international terrorist organizations operating in the country.
Within the last week, the US has conducted at least 30 precision airstrikes on terror training camps, opium production facilities, and other insurgent logistical and revenue targets.
The military said in a statement that they were targeting “Taliban training facilities in Badakhshan province, preventing the planning and rehearsal of terrorist acts near the border with China and Tajikistan. The strikes also destroyed stolen Afghan National Army vehicles that were in the process of being converted to vehicle-borne improvised explosive devices.”