According to figures released by the Air Forces Central Command, the U.S. dropped more bombs over Afghanistan in 2019 than any other year since 2010.

Combined, fighter, attack and unmanned aircraft dropped 7,423 bombs in 2019, which exceeds 2018’s 7,362. By contrast, 2010 saw 5,101 bombs released over the country at a time when the United States had nearly 100,000 soldiers on the ground.

The massive escalation in force from above is seen across numerous metrics: For example, last year saw 2,434 sorties by manned aircraft in which munitions were deployed, which is more than double the preceding year, where 966 such sorties were recorded.

The year 2019 has proven to be the most kinetic year for U.S. forces in Afghanistan in nearly a decade.