B-52 drops record number of smart bombs on Taliban

8 February 2018, 09:59

The US has set a record for the number of guided bombs dropped from a single bomber in a series of strikes against the Taliban.

A B-52 dropped 24 "precision guided munitions" on Taliban fighting positions in northern Afghanistan as part of a four-day campaign, according to US forces in the country.

The operations, conducted near the border with China and Tajikistan, hit Taliban training facilities which the militant group used to plan and rehearse terrorist acts.

US President Donald Trump called for "decisive action" against the Islamist group last month after a bomb hidden in an ambulance killed at least 95 people in Kabul.

The US Air Force says its strikes are disrupting Taliban support networks in Helmand province, as well as destroying the terrorist group's sources of revenue, including narcotics.

"The Taliban have nowhere to hide," said General John Nicholson, commander with the US forces in Afghanistan.

"There will be no safe haven for any terrorist group bent on bringing harm and destruction to this country."

Video shows the strikes on a Taliban base in the province of Badakhshan.

The guided munitions destroyed stolen Afghan National Army vehicles that were in the process of being converted to car bombs, according to the US Air Force.

"The Taliban cannot win on the battlefield, therefore they inflict harm and suffering on innocent civilians," said Gen Nicholson.

"All they can do is kill innocent people and destroy what other people have built."

The B-52, nicknamed the Stratofortress, has been operated by the US Air Force since the 1950s.

After a series of upgrades delivered in 2015, the bomber is expected to continue in operation until the 2040s, when the fleet will be replaced by the B-21.