A convoy manned by members of a combined U.S. Air Force and army reconstruction team, with an Afghan army security detail, was trundling toward the town of Zabul in southeast Afghanistan last fall when Taliban fighters opened fire, killing one Afghan. Air Force Capt. Rockie Wilson, the team commander, says the attack was “eye-opening.” His people “took quick action,” spraying the enemy with weapons while heading for cover. Then they called in a pair of A-10 Warthogs that were patrolling ...


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