The War on Terror began in earnest shortly following the September 11th, 2001 attacks on the United States by radical Islamic terrorists beholden to Al Qaeda.
The organization, whose chief architect at the time was the now-deceased Osama bin Laden, was operating from a hidden cave system in Afghanistan when the unprecedented attacks occurred thanks to their relationship with the Taliban. It took little time for the United States to launch a full-on counter attack in the middle eastern nation, with the intent of rooting out and destroying the entire terrorist group using a number of tactics. From overt, decimating bombing runs, to strategic, pinpoint strikes by special forces, the United States threw the proverbial book at these heinous religious warriors.
It took nearly a decade for the U.S. to finally locate and eliminate bin Laden himself, after the world’s most wanted man had begun holing up in a decrepit home in Pakistan, and in the nine-plus years between the attacks of 9/11 and their mastermind’s demise, a whole new breed of terror warrior was born back in Afghanistan.
To this day, the United States is still working to eradicate any trace of radical Islamic jihadists in Afghanistan, and President Donald Trump is pushing that fight harder now than anyone has over the course of the last 5 years.
“U.S. President Donald Trump’s administration has intensified the American air war against the resilient Taliban and growing Islamic State (ISIS/ISIL) branch in Afghanistan, dropping 3,328 bombs on the jihadists so far in 2017, more than during any other full year since 2012, military figures reveal.
“According to recently released data from the U.S. Air Forces Central Command (AFCENT), which covers military activity in the Middle East and the Afghanistan region, the American military had dropped 3,328 munitions on Afghan terrorists as of the end of September, exceeding the number of bombs launched during all of 2016 (1,337), 2015 (947), 2014 (2,365), and 2013 (2,758), respectively.
“The U.S. airstrikes launched on Afghan targets so far this year more than tripled the bombs dropped during the same period (January through September) last year.
“Airstrikes this year, if they continue at the same pace, could also very well surpass the record 4,084 weapons dropped in 2012.
“In September alone, the Trump administration dropped more bombs than any other month since 2012.”
This recent escalation of military action coincides with Trump’s campaign promises to bring ISIS and radical Islam to its knees after 8 years of odd capitulation and metered ignorance of the problem by the Obama administration.
More astounding yet is that President Trump’s success in the face of international terror comes as the Commander in Chief is juggling numerous, terrifying global threats against the United States. Not only is ISIS a serious concern for Americans at home and abroad, but recent threats from North Korea’s nuclear program, Mexican drug cartels in Texas, and Russian diplomatic disparagement have created a busy itinerary of concerns for Trump to juggle.
To continue on this escalated and effective path against Afghan terrorists while otherwise occupied in such a way is an unprecedented feat.