The marked increase in airstrikes in Afghanistan does not mean the more restrictive airstrike policy put in place by ousted Gen. Stanley McChrystal has been rolled back by the new commander, the U.S. Air Force chief of staff said Tuesday.
"The truth of the matter is we have 30,000 additional troops in Afghanistan. And additional operations suggest that there will be additional air operations as well." Gen. Norton Schwartz said at the National Press Club.
In September there were 700 incidents of NATO airstrikes, up 172 percent from the previous year and one of the highest single-month totals of the entire nine-year war, according to Air Force data cited by Wired Magazine's Danger Room blog. FULL POST
The first living Medal of Honor recipient since the Vietnam War says his receiving the prestigious award is bittersweet.
“It’s emotional and it’s great. All of this is great. But it does bring back a lot of memories of people that I would love to share this moment with. And I am just not going to have this opportunity because they are no longer with us,” U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Salvatore Giunta said during a teleconference Wednesday. FULL POST