Airstrikes steady in Islamic State fight

Airstrikes steady in Islamic State fight

Airstrikes against the Islamic State group in Iraq and Syria continued at a steady rate in February, while humanitarian airdrops in the region appear to have ended, according to statistics released this week.

The Operation Inherent Resolve coalition in February dropped 1,756 bombs on targets in Iraq and Syria. In January, the coalition dropped 2,308 weapons in the fight, the most since the operation began with a low of 211 strikes August. The coalition has averaged 1,421 strikes monthly over seven months.

Since January, coalition aircraft have flown 937 sorties with at least one bomb dropped. In addition, they have flown 1,221 surveillance flights and 2,163 tanker sorties.

Over the same two months, no supplies have been airdropped, compared to more than 1.4 million pounds airdropped between August and December of 2014, according to the statistics released by Air Forces Central Command. No explanation for the change was given.

While operations in Iraq and Syria have remained steady, aircrews continue to see declining operations in Afghanistan. There were 36 airstrikes in that battle in February, the lowest number at least since 2009. There have been no casualty evacuation sorties so far this year.

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