Axeghanistan ’09: Drone Ops Video


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It was a war we thought we’d won. But after eight years of escalating violence, the Afghanistan conflict has morphed into something perhaps unwinnable. U.S.-led forces invaded Afghanistan in 2001 to deny sanctuary to Al Qaeda, a goal we’ve largely achieved. But in years of occupation, Washington has apparently conflated counter-terrorism with nation-building. Now the U.S., NATO and their allies are struggling to destroy a deeply-rooted insurgency in country with a corrupt, ineffective government, poor infrastructure and few prospects for everyday people, but to fight. David Axe visits U.S. forces to see for himself.

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The U.S. Air Force’s 62nd Expeditionary Reconnaissance Squadron at Kandahar maintains a force of “scores” of MQ-1 Predator and MQ-9 Reaper armed drones, covering all of southern Afghanistan, 24 hours a day. The squadron launches and lands the ‘bots, and hands off control to operators in Nevada for most of a mission’s duration.

(Video: David Axe)

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