Game not over yet! US sent B-52 bombers to target Taliban in Afghanistan, US B-52 bombers sent into action in Afghanistan to stop Taliban
Game not over yet! US sent B-52 bombers to target Taliban in Afghanistan  |  Photo Credits: AP, File Image
Washington : US President Joe Biden has ordered B-52 bombers and Specter gunships to target Taliban militants heading for three major cities in Afghanistan. The Cold War-era strategic bomber first flew in the 1950s, but is still used because of its 70,000lb payload and range of over 8,000 miles. They are being supported by AC-130 Specter gunships which are armed with 25 mm Gatling gun, 40 mm Bofors cannon and 105 mm M102 cannon, which can indicate precise fire from the air.
Reports said B-52s and AC-130s are targeting insurgents around Kandahar, Herat and Lashkar Gar in Helmand province. The report said the US air force continues to assist the Afghan air force in bombing Taliban positions in southern Helmand and Kandahar provinces, as Afghan security forces try to prevent a Taliban takeover.
The B-52s are operating out of Qatar, while the aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan is on deployment in the Arabian Sea. The nuclear-powered warship has a fleet of F/A-18 Super Hornets. The Afghan Air Force is equipped with some turbo-prop light attack aircraft such as the A-29 Super Tucano, although only 30 pilots have qualified since 2015.
The growing influence of Taliban in Afghanistan
The Taliban is moving across Afghanistan after the US-led coalition pulled out of the war-torn nation, leaving the country’s struggling defense forces to deal with the militants.
Earlier on Saturday, the Taliban captured the Sheberghan town of Jawjan. It was the second provincial capital to be captured by rebels in the past 24 hours after Zaranj fell on Friday. A video has surfaced on social media that shows prisoners fleeing Shibarghan after the Taliban took control of the prison. Similarly, another clip on Twitter shows something similar happened in Zaranj, more than 700 miles away.
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