As the U.S. Draws Down, Afghanistan Works to Build Its Air Force

As the U.S. Draws Down, Afghanistan Works to Build Its Air Force
New Afghan air force pilots attend class at the air force university, Kabul, Afghanistan, Nov. 21, 2016 (AP photo by Rahmat Gul).

A recent United Nations report found that civilian casualties in Afghanistan resulting from Afghan-initiated airstrikes doubled between 2015 and 2016, to 252. The American military says those figures are inflated, but has begun training a new cadre of Afghan air controllers who can warn Afghan pilots of the risks of collateral damage. In an email interview, Marc Schanz, the director of publications for the Mitchell Institute for Aerospace Studies, discusses Afghanistan’s air force. His opinions are not in any way reflective of the policies of the Mitchell Institute. WPR: What is the make-up of Afghanistan’s air force, in terms of […]

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