January 26, 2009—Action has been heating up in Afghanistan since 2006 as seen by the rise in airpower strikes. The number of air strikes in Afghanistan surpassed those in the Iraqi theater in 2006 and has continued well above Iraq numbers since then. Last year, US, coalition, and NATO airmen for the first time flew more close air support sorties in Afghanistan than in Iraq and dropped nearly eight times the number of weapons.
Source: 2004-2008 Combined Forces Air Component Commander Airpower Statistics, as of December 31, 2008.
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