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US Extends A-29 Light Attack Aircraft Procurement Contract for Afghanistan
September 06, 2018

US Extends A-29 Light Attack Aircraft Procurement Contract for Afghanistan

By Franz-Stefan Gady
The Pentagon has extended a procurement contract for the Afghan Air Force’s A-29s until 2024.

A Battle of Several Fronts: Afghan Women in the Security Forces
April 30, 2018

A Battle of Several Fronts: Afghan Women in the Security Forces

By Jawad Zawulistani
Afghanistan can do more to bring women into the security forces, and the country will benefit greatly from doing so.
A-29s Carry Out One Third of Afghan Airstrikes
April 18, 2018

A-29s Carry Out One Third of Afghan Airstrikes

By Franz-Stefan Gady
Five out of 15 airstrikes that the Afghan Air Force conducts each day are carried out by A-29 light attack aircraft.

Afghan Air Force Drops Laser-Guided Bomb for 1st Time in Combat
March 28, 2018

Afghan Air Force Drops Laser-Guided Bomb for 1st Time in Combat

By Franz-Stefan Gady
Afghan Air Force light attack aircraft used a laser-guided bomb to destroy a Taliban compound in Southwestern Afghanistan.

Afghan Civilian Casualties, the Elephant in the Room
March 03, 2018

Afghan Civilian Casualties, the Elephant in the Room

By Said Sabir Ibrahimi
Civilian deaths in Afghanistan shouldn’t be treated as simple statistics that no one wants to talk about.

US Buys 6 More Light Attack Aircraft for Afghan Air Force
October 26, 2017

US Buys 6 More Light Attack Aircraft for Afghan Air Force

By Franz-Stefan Gady
The U.S. Air Force placed an order for six additional light attack aircraft for the Afghan Air Force.

Fixing Afghanistan's Struggling Security Forces
July 24, 2017

Fixing Afghanistan's Struggling Security Forces

By Ghulam Farooq Mujaddidi
To make the ANDSF an effective force, there needs to be some drastic changes.
Afghan Air Force Receives 4 Light Attack Aircraft
March 24, 2017

Afghan Air Force Receives 4 Light Attack Aircraft

By Franz-Stefan Gady
The four new light attack aircraft are arriving just in time for this year’s fighting season.

Afghanistan: General Dostum Micromanages Kunduz War
October 11, 2016

Afghanistan: General Dostum Micromanages Kunduz War

By Shawn Snow
Afghan security forces have been struggling to push the Taliban out of Kunduz city.

US Army to Deploy 1,400 Airborne Troops to Afghanistan
September 08, 2016

US Army to Deploy 1,400 Airborne Troops to Afghanistan

By Franz-Stefan Gady
Elements of the 101st Airborne Division will be deployed to support counterterrorism operations in the country.

US To Send $60 Million Arms Package to Afghanistan
August 26, 2016

US To Send $60 Million Arms Package to Afghanistan

By Franz-Stefan Gady
The Afghan National Defense and Security Forces are slated to receive over 5,000 new rifles and machine guns.
Afghan Air Force’s A-29s Only Drop ‘Dumb’ Bombs in Air Strikes so far
June 10, 2016

Afghan Air Force’s A-29s Only Drop ‘Dumb’ Bombs in Air Strikes so far

By Franz-Stefan Gady
Until now, Afghanistan’s new A-29 light attack aircraft have only been using unguided bombs against Taliban targets.

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