US Air Force B-52 Bomber Unleashes Record-Setting Payload In Afghanistan

Washington:  US Air Force B-52 bomber launched a record-setting series of strikes this week in Afghanistan, dropping 24 precision-guided munitions on Taliban positions during 96 hours of air operations, authorities said.

The 24 precision-guided munitions dropped by the B-52 Stratofortress were the most ever dropped by one of the Air Force’s oldest active aircraft “to destroy insurgent revenue sources, training facilities, and support networks”, the US Forces Afghanistan said in a statement on Tuesday.

Weighing 185,000 pounds, the B-52 first entered service in the 1950s during the height of the Cold War — originally designed to serve as long-range, high-altitude intercontinental nuclear bombers that could strike deep into the Soviet Union, reports CNN.

The newest B-52 entered service in 1962, and the 159-foot plane became a Cold War icon and each aircraft can carry up to 70,000 pounds of bombs, mines and missiles.

The strikes come after the Taliban launched a…

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