Washington, Saturday, August 7, 2021
Taliban attacks in Afghanistan are increasing continuously. Meanwhile, US President Joe Biden has ordered the delivery of B-52 bombers and Specter gunships to target Taliban militants moving towards major cities in Afghanistan.
A B-52 aircraft was going to Afghanistan from a Qatari airbase. The aircraft are targeting Kandahar, Herat and Lashkar Gah areas of Helmand state. However, this has not been confirmed by the US or the Afghan military.
The B-52 played a key role in the overthrow of the Taliban in 2001.
This Cold War-era strategic bomber first flew in the 1950s. It is still used today for its 70,000 payload and 12,875 km range. It is supported by an AC-130 Specter gunship, armed with a 25 mm Gatling gun, 40 mm Bofors cannon and 105 mm M102 cannon, which can hit precision targets from the air.
The Boeing B-52 is a long-range, subsonic, jet-powered strategic bomber that can carry up to 32 tons of warheads at a time. The Boeing B-52 is said to have played a key role in the overthrow of the Taliban in late 2001. According to reports, the B-52 has not been used in Afghanistan for the last one year.