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More Sorties, More Munitions

January 8, 2008— Airpower sorties climbed in 2007 for operations in both Iraq and Afghanistan. Close Air Support sorties reached nearly 20,000 in Iraq and almost 14,000 in Afghanistan, compared to about 16,000 and 10,500, respectively, the previous year. The increased air support in Iraq followed the ground-force surge. In Afghanistan, the data also show a marked rise in the number of munitions dropped over the past two years, evidence of the resurgence of Taliban activity. The number of airlift sorties, covering both operations, declined somewhat in 2007, compared to 2006, but the overall amount of supplies airdropped to troops went up considerably.