VOA News / May 8, 2018: U.S.-trained Afghan UH-60 Black Hawk pilots are ready to start flying missions as of May 8. In addition to training, the United States is equipping Afghan forces with modern weaponry. The Afghan Air Force has obtained 13 Black Hawk helicopters, and expects that number to grow to 159, according
William Gallo VOA News May 7, 2018 An Afghan Air Force attack on an open-air religious gathering killed 30 children and wounded 51 more last month, according to a United Nations investigation published Monday. At least six adults also were killed and 20 wounded when Afghan helicopters attacked the site in Kunduz province, where a
1TV: Niloofar Rahmani, who became Afghanistan’s first female fixed-wing pilot in the country’s air force, has been granted asylum in the United States. Rahmani requested asylum in U.S. after completing 18-month training course in the country. She won asylum after 16-month wait. Click here to read more (external link).
William Gallo VOA News April 23, 2018 The U.S.-led coalition in Afghanistan dropped more bombs during the first quarter of 2018 than it has in the same period in any of the last 15 years, according to Pentagon data. The increased bombing is the latest evidence the 17-year-old war in Afghanistan is significantly intensifying since
VOA News | April 4, 2018: The Afghan government has released new drone video footage as it defends an airstrike it carried out this week in Taliban-controlled Kunduz province. The government says more than 30 Taliban fighters were killed in Monday’s airstrike on a religious school. Eyewitnesses said numerous civilians including children died in the
Ayaz Gul VOA News April 3, 2018 ISLAMABAD — The United Nations says it is probing “disturbing reports of serious harm” to civilians during Monday’s Afghan military airstrikes on a Taliban-controlled district in northern Kunduz province. Villagers in Dasth-i Archi told reporters Tuesday they attended mass funerals of dozens of victims, including children, insisting the Afghan
Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty April 3, 2018 An Afghan forces air strike on a suspected Taliban gathering in the northern province of Kunduz has caused dozens of casualties, including among civilians, officials said. Abdul Hameed Hameedi, a local police official, said the strike in Dasht-i Archi district outside Kunduz city on April 2 hit a
Ayaz Gul VOA News March 27, 2018 ISLAMABAD — The NATO-led military alliance in Afghanistan announced Tuesday that the Afghan Air Force (AAF) had dropped its first laser-guided bomb on a Taliban compound and had destroyed it. The Resolute Support Mission said the AAF last Thursday tasked its A-29 light attack aircraft squadron to use the
Khaama Press: The helicopters will be divided between the Afghan Air Force and the Special Mission Wing, which supports Commando ground operations. The first batch of the Black Hawk helicopters pilots will be mission-ready in May as they are currently being trained during follow-on Mission Qualification Training. Click here to read more (external link).
ars technica: The US military has fought the Taliban in Afghanistan for 16 years now, and it frequently has done so from the skies with Hellfire strikes by Predator and Reaper drones. Now the US is buying the Afghan military something with the same sort of sensors, loitering time, and firepower—except humans will have to sit