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Trump's Military Dropped 751 Bombs on Afghanistan in September, Highest Number in Seven Years

In September, for example, the U.S. Air Force dropped 751 bombs, an increase of almost 50 percent from the August figure of 503, to reach its highest single-month total in seven years, military data showed.

According to the command's report, there was a 50 percent increase in bombings in September when compared to August.

"This increase can be attributed to the president's strategy to more proactively target extremist groups that threaten the stability and security of the Afghan people", the US Air Forces Central Command's report said.

The Taliban militants have suffered heavy casualties in airstrikes conducted by the U.S. forces for the first time in Badakhshan several years after the United States military had suspended its operations in the country.

The significant increase in activity came after the Trump administration's announcement of a new US strategy and a moderate increase of troops in the war-torn country.

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The continued military effort in Afghanistan has led to a record number of civilian deaths this year. Also, a more 'proactive' approach was launched to target extremist groups, according to the report.

As a first step, six F-16 Fighting Falcon aircraft were added to Bagram Air Base while more B-52 bombardment missions were dedicated to Afghanistan, the report noted.

Another factor that contributed to the increase of airstrikes, was when the White House accorded Defense Secretary James Mattis the power to review the rules of engagement in Afghanistan and make any necessary changes depending on the situation on the ground. He also added that the Defense Department was 'no longer bound' by the need for proximity of its forces.

In this image provided by the U.S. Air Force, a U.S. Air Force B1-B Lancer pulls away from a KC-135 Stratotanker after refueling during a mission from Andersen Air Force Base, Guam, into Japanese air space on August 31, 2017.

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