U.S. DoD Inspector General: Afghan Air Force Making A Difference In The War

An Afghan A-29 pilot walks toward his aircraft on the flight line Sept. 10 at Kandahar Airfield, Afghanistan. The Afghan Air Force now plans and conducts all A-29 combat missions throughout Afghanistan. (Staff Sgt. Alexander Riedel/ Air Force)

Military Times: DoD IG: Afghan attack pilots are helping turn the tide for troops on the ground

Less than two years after flying its first combat mission, the Afghan Air Force’s A-29 Super Tucano aircraft are playing a key role in supporting Afghan soldiers on the ground.

“When they show up overhead, the Afghan National Army have the confidence to continue attacking on ground,” the deputy commander for Train, Advise and Assist Command-South said in a new Defense Department Inspector General report.

Absent sufficient air coverage, Afghan security forces who had grown reliant on coalition air power suffered a series of defeats to the Taliban. Building a native air strike capability within the Afghan Air Force is the key to Afghan success in the future, Army Gen. John Nicholson, the top U.S. commander in Afghanistan, testified before the Senate Armed Services Committee in February 2017.

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WNU Editor:  In the end this is a war that the Afghans will need to fight and settle among themselves.

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