US concerned about precision bomb shortage: official

Iraqi Kurdish forces take part in an operation backed by US-led strikes in the northern Iraqi town of Sinjar on November 12, 2015, to retake the town from the Islamic State group and cut a key supply line to SyriaThe Air Force general overseeing US air operations in the fight against Islamic State jihadists in Iraq and Syria said Thursday he was concerned about dwindling stockpiles of precision bombs. The Pentagon in February said it would spend $1.8 billion to buy over 45,000 more of the sophisticated bombs, but supplies remain low for now. “It’s still a concern,” Lieutenant General Charles Brown Jr, who works for the US Central Command that runs operations across the Middle East, told Pentagon reporters in a video call.

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