AAF Conducts Majority Of Air Missions In Afghanistan

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The Afghan Air Force (AAF) is conducting more air missions and air strikes than the U.S. Air Force in Afghanistan, Brigadier General Charles S. Cleveland, spokesman for NATO's Resolute Support training mission, revealed March 1.

Cleveland said the AAF has grown from zero fixed wing combat aircraft on March 1, 2016, to eight A-29s presently conducting combat operations daily throughout Afghanistan, to be joined by another eight aircraft by the summer/early fall. He added that the AAF has the pilots and maintenance personnel to conduct these operations as well as terminal air controllers calling in air strikes daily.

But he added that "they still do need help," so the U.S. Air Force is providing a bridge "until the Afghans can do it all by themselves."

He put the number of Afghan tactical air controllers, who even have their own acronym, ATAC, at over 100.

Cleveland said the AAF will receive another four A-29s in 2018 if a request made by the Obama administration for more fixed and rotary wing aircraft is approved.

Discuss this Blog Entry 2

on Mar 2, 2017

Good for them. Now if we can get the rest to stand up.

on Mar 2, 2017

The success in turning the Iraqi army into a stand up outfit is slowly being matched in Afghanistan.

The situation in Afghanistan has always been vexed by our alleged ally Pakistan's ISI support for the Taliban and is now suffering Russian support for the Taliban via Iran.

The desire of the Afghans to beat the Taliban seems strong but the problems complex.

Climate warming has lessened the normal effects of harsh winters on the fighting season the last few years giving Afghan less time to regroup and repair.

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