Fewer strikes - but more bombs hit #Afghanistan — The Bureau of Investigative Journalism
American aircraft carried out 212 strikes last month but launched 751 weapons – an average of 3.5 weapons dropped per strike. In August, an average of just over one weapon was dropped per strike.
The US military uses various metrics to measure the intensity of its air operations, of which weapons released is one. It is not exactly the same as air strikes, as multiple weapons can be released in a single strike.
The US Air Force said that more #B-52 bomber missions had taken place in Afghanistan in September, likely explaining the high number of weapons dropped compared to strikes. These strategic bombers can carry more than 30 tonnes of the widest array of weapons in the US inventory, dropping multiple munitions at a time.