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A B-2 bomber from the 509th Bomb Wing at Whiteman Air Force Base,
Missouri, is seen in this file photo released October 12, 2001. U.S.
warplanes launched some of their heaviest daylight strikes yet on
troops and other Taliban targets October 15 and a fourth American
aircraft carrier moved near striking range of Afghanistan, defense
officials said. The bomber took center stage when six B-2 Spirits
participated in air strikes over Afghanistan during the first three
days of Operation Enduring Freedom. All six of the B-2 sorties were
longer than 40 hours, with the longest more than 44 hours.

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