The US military has dispatched heavy bomber aircraft against the Taliban in Afghanistan, striking the group in the recently captured city of Sheberghan. The sortie came as the group reportedly reached Kunduz, the country’s fifth largest city.
Taliban positions around Sheberghan, which became the second provincial capital to fall into the hands of the group over the past two days, were targeted by the B-52 Stratofortress aircraft on Saturday evening.
The strikes inflicted heavy losses on the militants, the official claimed, with over 200 fighters killed, and more than 100 vehicles destroyed. A large cache of weaponry of ammunition was destroyed as well.
The Cold War-era heavy aircraft were also supported by AC-130 Specter gunships, US media reported. The ground attack planes of the type are heavily armed with mini-guns, large-caliber rotary cannons and even a howitzer.
The bombing run came after the Taliban captured Sheberghan, the capital city of the Jawzjan province. Shortly before that, the city of Zaranj, the capital of Afghanistan’s southwestern Nimroz province, also fell back into the group’s hands.
While the development has not been officially confirmed, pro-Taliban sources claim the militants captured large parts of the city. Footage circulating online purports to show the group’s fighters inside the city.
In recent days, the group also put pressure on other provincial centers as well, including Kandahar in the south and Herat in the west – the second and the third most-populated cities of the countries.
A nation-state version of a psychopath, the US regime refuses to give up its addiction to bombing innocent people. In just over a month, it’s bombed Syria, Iraq, Somalia and Afghanistan – and shows no signs of developing a conscience.
RT. com / ABC Flash Point News 2021.