Nangalam, Afghanistan, was a central point of coalition airstrikes July 13, Air Forces Central said in a release July 14. Nangalam, in the Kunar region in northeastern Afghanistan near the Pakistani border was the site of a failed attack by a large group of enemy combatants to overrun a coalition combat outpost. The attack left nine US soldiers dead. Helping to repel the enemy, a B-1B bomber dropped 500-pound and 2,000-pound joint direct attack munitions, while A-10s hit the enemy combatants with cannon rounds, 500-pound laser-guided bombs, and one general-purpose 500-pound bomb. Additionally, an MQ-1 unmanned aerial vehicle fired a Hellfire missile at them. In total, coalition air flew 60 close air support missions in Afghanistan on that day and 46 in Iraq, AFCENT said.
The Air Force overall reduced its size by 120 aircraft in fiscal year 2021, but kept about the same number of fighter, bomber and attack aircraft, according to data supplied by the service. The F-35 fleet saw the biggest increase while the B-1B bomber fleet saw the largest decline.