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Afghanistan/USA – The Taliban Captured Helicopters. Can They Capture an Air Force? (Defense One)

U.S officials formally deliver four Super Tucano attack aircraft to the Afghan Defense Ministry, in Kabul, Afghanistan, on January 15, 2016.

U.S officials formally deliver four Super Tucano attack aircraft to the Afghan Defense Ministry, in Kabul, Afghanistan, on January 15, 2016. HAROON SABAWOON / ANADOLU AGENCY / GETTY IMAGES

Marcus Weisgerber and Tara Copp

The Afghan National Security Forces has a long record of losing track of U.S.-supplied guns and rifles. But as the Taliban gains territory following the U.S. troop withdrawal, Afghanistan could lose far more lethal weapons: combat aircraft. The Pentagon says that has not happened yet, and that the Afghan Air Force continues to fly missions and carry out airstrikes against the Taliban every day. But Taliban fighters reportedly have captured armored vehicles, small surveillance drones, and several unflyable helicopters. Could they capture more?

The Taliban Captured Helicopters. Can They Capture an Air Force? – Defense One