Afghanistan: Air-Power: Uncertain Impact 

Media Coverage | October 19, 2018

On September 30, 2018, at least 21 Islamic State Khorasan Province (ISKP) terrorists were killed in a United States (US) drone strike in the Sikanar area of Wazir Tang in the Khogyani District of Nangarhar Province.

On September 29, 2018, at least 15 Taliban militants, including three ‘commanders’ identified as Mawlawi Abdul Hai, Mullah Joja, and Mullah Basir; were killed and another seven injured in air-strikes conducted by Security Forces, (SFs) in the Qaisar District of Faryab Province.

On September 27, 2018, at least eight ISKP terrorists were killed in a drone attack conducted by US Forces in the Karangal area of Pech Dara District in the Kunar Province.

According to partial data compiled by the South Asia Terrorism Portal (SATP), at least 4,197 militants have been killed and another 903 have been injured in 462 incidents of aerial operations (including 66 drone attacks) in 2018, thus far (data till October 4, 2018).

According to data provided by the US Air Forces Central Command (US AFCENT), 412 sorties out of a total of 3,649 sorties were used by US and Coalition Force to release at least one weapon (data till June 30, 2018). In 2017, out of 4,603 sorties at least 1,248 were used to release at least one weapon.  In 2016, out of the 5,162 sorties at least 615 were involved in release of at least one weapon.

Click here to read the full article on South Asia Terrorism Portal (SATP).

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