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Offbeat As ISIS targets disappear in Iraq and Syria, US military shifts focus back to Afghanistan

18:16  21 may  2018
18:16  21 may  2018 Source:   foxnews.com

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As the war against the Islamic State terror group winds down in Iraq and Syria , the U . S . military is increasingly turning its attention to Afghanistan . As of early May, ISIS holds only two small pockets of territory in eastern Syria , and none in Iraq . U . S .- backed fighters from the Syrian Democratic

While U . S .- backed forces fight to liberate the few remaining ISIS holdouts in Iraq and inch closer to A total of 751 airstrikes were carried out against ISIS and Taliban targets in Afghanistan in The same report shows that 3,550 coalition bombs were dropped in Iraq and Syria in September, a 30

As the war against the Islamic State terror group winds down in Iraq and Syria, the U.S. military is increasingly turning its attention to Afghanistan. 

In April 2017, American and allied jets dropped over 3,000 bombs on ISIS in Iraq and Syria.

But a year later, aircrafts dropped just 254 bombs, a sign of how much the war against ISIS has changed, according to a new strike report released on April 30 from the U.S. Air Force.

Throughout April, the U.S. military dropped the second-highest amount of bombs in Afghanistan in six-and-a-half years, the Air Force report said. The 562 bombs dropped in Afghanistan last month were more than the combined March and April totals in Iraq and Syria.

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The lull in Syria and Iraq comes after Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS ) suffered major losses following Russian intervention in 2015, and US -led coalition In Afghanistan , US airstrikes are targeting Taliban forces, still active almost 17 years after the US ‘War on Terror’ kicked off there in 2001.

The number of bombs the U . S . and its coalition partners have dropped on Islamic State targets in Iraq and Syria has “Obviously we are trying to increase our presence in Afghanistan ,” Croft said. Military identifies US soldier killed by IED blast in Syria . Steven Nelson. Saturday March 31, 2018.

As of early May, ISIS holds only two small pockets of territory in eastern Syria, and none in Iraq. 

U.S.-backed fighters from the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) have since returned to eastern Syria following Turkey’s incursion into northwest Syria, drawing Kurdish fighters from the fight against ISIS. The SDF recently announced it is once again fully committed to defeating ISIS.

Air Force A-10 jets and drones were recently called to thwart a battle against the Taliban in western Afghanistan, when the city of Farah was threatened. 

a group of people: Lucas Tomlinson reports on the escalating military campaign in the region. © FoxNews.com Lucas Tomlinson reports on the escalating military campaign in the region.

U.S. Forces Afghanistan released a video last Tuesday showing 28 Taliban fighters getting mowed down by American drones in Farah Province, which borders Iran.

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The US military has substantially increased the number of airstrikes it has conducted in Afghanistan even as the number of strikes against ISIS in Iraq and Syria has begun to decrease as the terror group loses more and more territory, thereby reducing the number of available targets .

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The Pentagon wouldn’t rule out Tehran’s influence.

“I don't think you can ever rule out how much Iran interferes throughout this region. Iran remains the most destabilizing factor in the Middle East. So no, I don't think you can ever rule out their mischief,” Pentagon spokesperson Dana W. White said at a press conference at the Pentagon Thursday.

White didn’t offer any specific details about the battle last week.

According to the latest numbers, the U.S. Air Force dropped two-times more bombs in Afghanistan than Iraq and Syria last month, as the Afghan spring offensive against the Taliban ramps up.

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The shift in US priorities underscored by the airstrike report speaks to the US ' evolving battle against Islamists in the Middle East, which has continued without interruption since the late-2001 invasion of Afghanistan . Daesh has been largely defeated in Iraq and Syria since the US - backed offensives in

March saw more bombs dropped in Afghanistan than against ISIS in Iraq and Syria for the first time, but the war against the terror group in Iraq and Syria is not over quite yet.

Overall in 2018, the U.S. military has dropped more bombs in Iraq and Syria than Afghanistan, despite the recent uptick in strikes against the Taliban last month.  

The April numbers in Syria included 19 missiles fired from Air Force B-1 bombers against one of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s chemical weapons research labs, after President Trump ordered a massive missile strike against the regime following an alleged chemical weapons attack killing dozens of civilians, including children.

The Air Force says it marked the first time the AGM-158 Joint Air to Surface Standoff Munition (JASSM) was used in combat.

Last year, U.S. and allied jets and drones fired more than 40,000 bombs and other munitions against ISIS in Iraq and Syria, compared to over 4,000 in Afghanistan against the Taliban and an ISIS off-shoot.

U.S. commanders recently called Afghanistan the “main effort” for American forces in the Central Command, which is responsible for American military operations in the Middle East and South Asia, including Afghanistan.

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