10 Jul '17, 11pm

As Mosul battle neared end, anti-ISIS airstrikes reached new peak

As the battle for Mosul, Iraq, entered its final stage and the fight for Raqqa in Syria heated up, the number of weapons released by coalition aircraft against the Islamic State last month reached new records. The coalition dropped at least 4,848 bombs as part of Operation Inherent Resolve in June, an 11 percent increase over the previous month's record of 4,374 weapons released, according to statistics posted online Monday by U.S. Air Forces Central Command. In the first half of 2017, the coalition released at least 23,413 weapons, putting it on track to easily eclipse the 30,743 bombs dropped in all of 2016, and the 28,696 released throughout 2015. In a summary accompanying the statistics, AFCENT said most weapons released were in support of allied ground forces, such as the Iraqi Security Forces and Syrian rebels, fighting for control of West Mosul and Raqqa. The coalit...

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