How Effective Can ‘Over the Horizon’ Operations Be in Afghanistan?

MQ-9 Reaper
The MQ-9 Reaper is helping the U.S. military demonstrate it can continue air strikes in Afghanistan without forces on the ground.
Credit: Senior Airman Helena Owens/U.S. Air Force Illustration
A U.S. Air Force General Atomics MQ-9 Reaper took off from a Persian Gulf base on Aug. 27 for an extended-range mission to Afghanistan’s far east, a strike that served both as retribution for a massive suicide bombing the day before in Kabul and a demonstration of how the Pentagon will conduct...

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