Dramatic Increase in Air Strikes Not Reported

December 28, 2007

image - air strikes chart - based on CSIS reportThe dramatic year-on-year increase in air strikes in Afghanistan and in Iraq, but particularly in Afghanistan, has not been widely reported.

The number of air strikes has greatly increased in both countries, and from fewer than half as many in Afghanistan as in Iraq in 2005 to more than twice as many in 2007. [The initials OEF and OIF stand for Operation Enduring Freedom (for Afghanistan) and Operation Iraqi Freedom.]

The bar chart represents figures from the last page of a recent CSIS report, specifically, numbers of Close Air Support (CAS) precision strikes with munitions dropped – not including strikes using only 20mm or 30mm cannon and rockets. Note that totals for 2007 do not include numbers for December.

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