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“As the ground forces draw down, there will be more reliance on air power,” he said.

Critics say that an over-reliance on air power in Afghanistan has led to highly publicized incidents of civilians accidentally being killed, undermining the hearts-and-minds mission of counterinsurgency.

Gen. Rew said officials hope a greater reliance on air power won’t mean a greater use of it, thinking that an improving security situation will reduce the number of combat situations troops might have to call in air support.

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