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U.S. airstrikes touches highest level

AT Monitoring Desk-KABUL: According to the latest military data, the ongoing US-led NATO war on terror in Afghanistan meets increasing level of airstrikes during the first half of 2017 comparing to the similar time of the past three years, the 1TV News reports.

The US and NATO air force carried out 1,634 military supplies during the period between January and June which is comparatively the highest level. According to statistics, the US and coalition air force expended 852 munitions in 2014, 298 in 2015 and 545 airstrikes were conducted in 2016.

Commenting into the issue, Bill Salvin, a spokesperson for the international coalition said that majority of the airstrikes this year were carried out against the Taliban militants and as well as the Islamic State which is also known as Daesh terrorist group and other militant groups remained on target.

He gave credit to the increase in airstrikes to gains made by the Afghan security forces, adding, “As they are more successful, more strikes are needed.”

Moreover, he said that Afghan security forces have been conducted 1,000 strikes this year against all types of terrorist groups while 1,600 strikes were carried out by the Afghan forces for all of 2016.

In addition to that, Najib Danish, acting spokesman for the Interior Ministry termed airstrikes as the most effective ones in counter-terrorism campaign, adding, the foreign forces carry on air strikes in coordination with the Afghan government, aimed at curbing militancy and terrorism across the country.

This comes at a time when the US and NATO member countries are going to increase the number of troops in Afghanistan in a bid to overcome the existing situation against Taliban who have stepped up militancy after the withdrawal of foreign forces in 2014.

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