*KABUL - A US Air Force B-52 bomber has dropped a record number of precision guided bombs on Taliban over the past 24 hours in the north of Afghanistan , the US Forces-Afghanistan said in a statement Tuesday.*
The bombing was part of a 96-hour air campaign that struck training facilities and sources of revenue like narcotics. The strikes also aimed at stolen Afghan National Army vehicles "being converted to vehicle-borne" improvised explosive devices, the statement read, as quoted by Fox News.
“There will be no safe haven for any terrorist group bent on bringing harm and destruction to this country,” he said.
The B-52, which was recently reconfigured with a "conventional rotary," dropped 24 guided munitions, the report said.
“My second message to the north of Afghanistan particularly to Sar-e-Pul, Jawzjan and Faryab provinces is that large-scale (military) operations will kick off,” Ghani said. “You witnessed yesterday that terrorist sanctuaries in Badakhshan province were targeted by intense air raids. Such attack will be conducted in Jawzjan, Maimana and Sar-e-Pul when the weather allows. The preparations have been taken.”
The report said that western contractors at a base say US troops began the drawdown over the past week, with groups of soldiers leaving the base on daily flights.
However, the exact scale of the redeployment was unclear.
According to various estimates, as of 2016, there were more 5,000 US military personnel stationed in Iraq, with nearly 4,000 deployed to support and assist local groups fighting Daesh militants. The remaining personnel included special operations forces, logistical workers and troops on temporary rotations, the BBC reported.