Bombs Away!… NATO's Massive Air Campaign Peaks With 1,000 Strikes in October

Do you remember before the election in 2008 when Barack Obama, incorrectly, announced that US troops were just “airraiding villages and killing innocent civilians”?

Well, this certainly doesn’t bother Obama today.
In October, NATO planes in Afghanistan fired their weapons on 1,000 separate missions. reported:

The U.S. and its allies have unleashed a massive air campaign in Afghanistan, launching missiles and bombs from the sky at a rate rarely seen since the war’s earliest days. In October alone, NATO planes fired their weapons on 1,000 separate missions, U.S. Air Force statistics provided to Danger Room show. Since Gen. David Petraeus took command of the war effort in late June, coalition aircraft have flown 2,600 attack sorties. That’s 50% more than they did during the same period in 2009. Not surprisingly, civilian casualties are on the rise, as well.

NATO officials say the increase in air attacks is simply a natural outgrowth of a more aggressive campaign to push militants out of their strongholds in southern Afghanistan. “Simply put, our air strikes have increased because our operations have increased. We’ve made a concentrated effort in the south to clear out the insurgency and therefore have increased our number of troops on the ground and aircraft to support them in this effort,” Lt. Nicole Schwegman, a NATO spokesperson, tells Danger Room.

On the other hand, some outside observers believe the strikes are part of an attempt to soften up the insurgency before negotiations with them begin in earnest. But one thing is clear: it’s a strategy Petraeus has used before. Once he took over the Iraq war effort, air strikes jumped nearly sevenfold.

Of course, the radical leftist organizations are completely silent about this escalation in airraids…
After all, there’s a far left democrat in the White House.

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  • Skandia

    … and despite unemployment ~20% (u-6 measurement) there aren’t any homeless people either, until the next republican president.

  • Stupid Idiot

    Oh, no! Now Obama will kill terrorists! We can’t have that!

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  • down with dems


  • patman

    Keeping promises… 1 term prez.

    Thank god for our military. Keep blowing the bad guys to hell.

    Every tax dollar I pay hopefully goes towards bullets and bombs, and not towards government handouts and entitlements.

  • ohio

    Another lie from 0bama?
    I’m shocked I tell you, just shocked.

  • Valerie

    Who are we really fighting in Afghanistan?

    Shortly after we invaded Afghanistan, it became very clear that this was a lawless region where the locals were sick and tired of more than 30 years’ warfare. They welcomed us, and asked us why we left.

    At one time, this country had aqueducts and far more agricultural and other resources. But without the rule of law, it had become a bleak place, with very few resources. The locals wanted something very different for their future.

    So, who are we fighting? Is it really native warlords? Or is it a stream of foreign fighters, weapons, money and intimidation from elsewhere?

    Once the Iraqis recognized the non-Iraqi identity of Al-Qaeda in Iraq together with its depravity, they rejected the perverts with the phrase “these are not Muslims.”

    Who are we fighting?

  • jorgen

    He can only get the Nobel Peace Prize once anyway.

  • down with dems

    November 11th, 2010 | 10:31 am | #8

    He can only get the Nobel Peace Prize once anyway.


    But the one he got was anticipatory of his future “accomplishments”… kind of like the votes he got for president in 2008… that didn’t work out too well in either case.

  • chuck in st paul

    I bet even he thought he could just wave a magic wand and home come the troops and Gitmo is closed. The progs all sure thought so. No wonder they stayed home in droves this election.

    Ain’t Reality a bitch? Karma’s her sister; so keep an eye out. She’s comin’ up from behind ya pretty quick now.