KABUL -- The Afghan air force is planning to start dropping laser-guided bombs on Taliban hideouts in the near future, said a top US military general in Afghanistan Wednesday (February 7).
"Three A-29 pilots are now trained to drop laser-guided munitions. The first was dropped in training in December, so the Taliban can look forward to those laser-guided bombs raining on what used to be safe havens in the near future," Maj. Gen. James Hecker, commander of the 9th Air and Space Expeditionary Task Force-Afghanistan, told reporters at the Pentagon via teleconference from Kabul.
The Afghan air force takes every step possible to protect civilians, according to Hecker.
"We will continue to support the ANDSF [Afghan National Defence and Security Forces] to defend Afghanistan in the most responsible manner possible," he added.
"In 2017, the Afghan air force conducted approximately 2,000 air strike sorties, or roughly 40 strikes -- sorties each week, with a record high of nearly 80 missions in a single week in October," he said.
That is nearly double the number of strikes being carried out by coalition aircraft, which average about 25 strikes a week, according to Hecker.
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