US running out of bombs for Daesh airstrikes

Published December 6th, 2015 - 09:30 GMT
Syrian children survey the damage of an airstrike in 2014. (AFP/File)
Syrian children survey the damage of an airstrike in 2014. (AFP/File)

The US military says its 15-month bombing campaign on Daesh is depleting its munitions supply and that additional money and other support is critical for the long fight, Fox News reported Sunday.

"We're expending munitions faster than we can replenish them," Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. Mark Welsh said, "We need the funding in place to ensure we're prepared for the long fight and this is a critical need." Fox News reported.

"B-1s have dropped bombs in record numbers," Welsh said adding that "We are able to manage inventories to sustain operations against the Daesh group at this time."

"We do need funding in place and the ability to forecast for production to be ready for the long fight, we continue to work on a longer term funding strategy which is absolutely required," the US official further said.

The Air Force now has an estimated 142,000 "smart bombs," or guided munitions, and 2,300 Hellfire missiles, used in drone strike to kill suspected extremists.

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