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U.S. dropping more bombs on Afghanistan

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DUBAI, United Arab Emirates - The U.S. Air Force increased its bombing of Taliban and other insurgent targets in Afghanistan this spring, making about 750 airstrikes in May alone, Air Force officials said.

The intensified bombing in Afghanistan has overshadowed the smaller number of U.S. airstrikes on Iraq, said Air Force Lt. Gen. Gary L. North, who commands U.S. and coalition air operations in Iraq and Afghanistan.

"We have seen more direct support in Afghanistan that is of a kinetic effect than in Iraq of late," North told The Associated Press during a visit Monday to the United Arab Emirates, where he met with defense officials.

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There was 2,000 airstrikes between March and May in Afghanistan against taliban and insurgent targets.

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The U.S. bombing has sparked opposition from Afghans angered at the rising death toll of civilians. Afghan lawmakers blame the rising civilian toll for a surge in support for the Taliban.

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The 52-year-old North, who also commands the U.S. 9th Air Force, described the civilian deaths as "regrettable" and said they were being investigated.
By YCON: posted on 8-6-2006

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