The U.S. sent B-52 bombers to Afghanistan to fight the Taliban
The United States sent B-52 Stratofortress bombers to Afghanistan to fight the militants of the Taliban movement, The Times writes, citing sources in defense circles.
The day before, the Taliban captured the capital of the Afghan province of Nimruz.
According to the newspaper, the bombers flew to Afghanistan from the American airbase in Qatar. Their number is not specified.
The planes strike targets in the provinces of Kandahar, Herat, Lashkar Gah, and Helmand. Lockheed AC-130 Spectre ground support aircraft are also used.
вЂњThe return of the B-52 after at least a year's break is another clear sign that the Pentagon is forced to step up daily combat sorties. Not only to stop the Taliban but also to help the struggling Afghan air force, вЂњ the newspaper writes.
Currently, there is a confrontation between government forces and Taliban militants in Afghanistan against the background of the withdrawal of the US military contingent from the country, which has been there since 2001. Last year, the United States and the Taliban signed a truce agreement вЂ” as part of the agreements, American troops must leave Afghanistan by September 11.
Earlier, Afghan Foreign Minister Mohammad Hanif Atmar said that the country's government is ready for peace with the radical Taliban movement if a number of conditions are met. In particular, according to him, cooperation is possible if the Taliban do not support terrorism.
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