Saturday, April 15, 2017
Trump unleashes American air power
The Hill by Rebecca Kheel --
President Trump has unleashed U.S. air power since coming into office, something that was brought into sharp focus this week by the first use of the “mother of all bombs” in Afghanistan.
Trump has been aggressive in his use of air strikes against terrorists and other targets, including the airfield in Syria that the U.S. bombarded with 59 Tomahawk missiles.
The U.S. military has said that the rules of engagement for strikes have not changed, but evidence is mounting of a more muscular approach in Iraq, Syria, Afghanistan and elsewhere, raising concerns about an increase in civilian casualties.
The publicized strikes have also sent a message to U.S. adversaries like North Korea.