Tiny Afghan Air Force Hunts Militants

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Khaama Press

April 22, 2016

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The Afghan Air Force (AAF) pounded the militants in eastern Nangarhar and southeastern Paktia provinces in the past 24 hours, leaving at least 25 dead.

The Ministry of Defense (MoD) said at least 6 militants loyal to the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) terrorist group were among those killed.

A statement by MoD said the airstrikes were carried out in Achin, Mamand Dara and Ghani Khel districts of Nangarhar province and Zurmat district of Paktia province.

The anti-government armed militant groups have not commented regarding the report so far.

The Afghan National Security Forces (ANSF) have stepped up counter-terrorism operations with improved close-air support to suppress the insurgency activities of the anti-government armed militant groups.

The Afghan Air Force (AAF) has so far received 8 A-29 Super Tucano Light Attack Aircraft along with some MD-530 warrior helicopters that have significantly increased the airpower of the Afghan forces.

A-29 is a multi-role, fixed-wing aircraft that will provide the Afghan air force with an indigenous air-to-ground capability and aerial reconnaissance capabilities to support the country’s counterinsurgency operations.

Afghanistan also received 3 Mi-25 gunship helicopters from India late last year and officially started service with the Afghan Air Force (AAF) earlier this year.

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http://www.khaama.com/afghan-air-force-kill-25-militants-in-separate-raids-including-isis-loyalists-0733

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