US airstrikes in Afghanistan continue to climb this month, highest this decade:
Following a three-day cease-fire in June, U.S. aircraft continued to pound Taliban positions across Afghanistan to convince the insurgent force that negotiating with the Afghan government is their only option, according to a press release and statistics provided by U.S. Air Forces Central Command this month.
For July, strike metrics saw highs across the board as the result of a surge in operations post-ceasefire, according to AFCENT.
“The U.S. flew 749 strike sorties, 88 of which included a weapons release. Both are monthly highs this year," according to the AFCENT press release accompanying the monthly statistics. "Also, the U.S. employed 746 weapons in July, the highest monthly total since November 2010.”