Battleland

A Bar Chart Is Worth 1,000 Words

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Here you can see a breakdown of just the sorties that are devoted to air-to-ground missions, the protect-the-people missions. Again, the numbers at right are totals for the entire operation. From Friday to Sunday, there was an increase in strikes from 91 to 107, but the majority each day were flown by our partner-nation pilots. I know it seems as though I’m trying to hammer home a point here, and I guess I am. It’s simply this: U.S. military participation in this operation is, as we have said all along, changing to one primarily of support.

– Vice Adm. William Gortney, director of the U.S. Joint Staff, late Monday afternoon

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