For the first time since the war against the Islamic State began, U.S. and allied aircraft in August released more than 5,000 weapons in a single month.
According to an airpower summary posted online by U.S. Air Forces Central Command, coalition aircraft released 5,075 weapons in August. That’s well more than double the 2,244 released one year earlier, and more than the previous record of 4,848 weapons released in June.
Coalition aircraft operating in Afghanistan also released 503 weapons in August, which is the most in five years. The last time the monthly total in Afghanistan was higher was in August 2012, when 589 weapons were released.
The August totals continue a trend of noticeable increases in the number of weapons released in both conflicts throughout 2017.
AFCENT said in its airpower summary that most weapons released as part of Operation Inherent Resolve, the campaign to defeat ISIS, were in support of allied ground forces who successfully ousted ISIS from Tal Afar, Iraq, and continue to fight for Raqqa, Syria.
The highest weekly total of weapons released came during the week of Aug. 18, when 1,471 bombs were dropped, AFCENT said. Most of those were precision-guided munitions, AFCENT said.