This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed. All market data delayed 20 minutes. Air Force has deployed A-10 Thunderbolt jets to Afghanistan for the first time in more than sex air lines years to provide close-air support for American and Afghan troops — the latest sign of escalating military operations and deepening U. Air Forces Central Command, in a statement to Fox News.
The newly arrived A-10s flew their first combat missions in Afghanistan less than 24 hours after arriving at Kandahar Airfield on Friday, January 19. The jets are from the 303d Expeditionary Fighter Squadron from Whiteman Air Force Base, Missouri. In addition to the A-10s, Air Force Central Command has sent more MQ-9 Reaper drones, and HH-60G helicopters used by Air Force special operations forces for combat search and rescue. The additional jets and helicopters will report to the 455th Air Expeditionary Wing at Bagram Airfield, located an hour north of Kabul. The Air Force is sending 12 A-10 jets to Kandahar Airfield. Members of the 451st Expeditionary Maintenance Group perform a recovery on an A-10 Warthog at Kandahar Airfield, Afghanistan, Sept.
Air Force says more than 4,300 bombs were dropped last year in Afghanistan, far fewer than the nearly 40,000 dropped against ISIS in Iraq and Syria over the same period. Army is planning to send up to 1,000 more from Fort Benning, Ga. Army’s Security Force Assistance Brigade, a unit made up of experienced officers and enlisted soldiers to advise Afghan troops closer to the front lines. The additional troops will bring the U. Afghanistan in 2017, than in 2012 when the U. 100,000 troops on the ground, according to the Air Force. The spike in airstrikes began after Trump took office last year.