Outgoing US President Barack Obama, Nobel laureate for peace in 2009, was responsible for the dropping of 26,172 bombs in seven countries in 2016, over 3,000 more bombs than in 2015.
The data released by Statistica are likely to be an underestimate, since the data came from a handful of countries and multiple bombs are classed as single “strike” under the Pentagon’s definition.
At least 24,287 bombs were dropped in Iraq and Syria. In 2016, the United States conducted about 79 percent (5,904) of the coalition airstrikes in Iraq and Syria, which together total 7,473. Of the total 30,743 bombs that the coalition dropped, then, the United States dropped 24,287 (79 percent of 30,743).
In 2016, the United States conducted approximately 67 percent of airstrikes in Iraq in 2016, and 96 percent of those in Syria.
While Obama’s decision to reduce the number of US soldiers fighting in Afghanistan and Iraq earned him an image of reluctant war-maker, he expanded the use of unmanned air-strikes outside the confines of war-zones in Afghanistan and Iraq to countries including Pakistan and Yemen, Independent reported.
Obama has spent an average of $653.6 billion per year on military.