U.S. Air Strikes Spike as Afghans Struggle Against Taliban, ISIS

A U.S. Air Force F-16 Flying Falcon fighter bomber takes off for a mission from Bagram air field in Afghanistan Aug. 11, 2016 / REUTERS

American air strikes in Afghanistan this year have already significantly surpassed the total number conducted in 2015, a stark indicator of the United States’ struggle to extricate itself from the conflict and stick to its declared “non-combat” mission.