Axeghanistan ’09: Afghan Air Corps Video

14.11.09

Categorie: Afghanistan, Axe in Afghanistan '09, David Axe, Training |

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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by DAVID AXE

The U.S. Air Force mentors Afghan aviators from the airfield at Kandahar.

(Video: David Axe)

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2 Responses to “Axeghanistan ’09: Afghan Air Corps Video”

  1. [...] Vertical lift has emerged as perhaps the most important enabling capability for waging a complex counter-insurgency campaign with relatively few troops in a country as big and rugged as Afghanistan. Where helicopters are available, NATO troops can move quickly over rough, contested terrain to out-maneuver their opponents. Attack helicopters are the most effective form of fire support: on countless occasions, the speedy appearance of U.S., British and Dutch Apache gunships has suppressed Taliban ambushes. Medical evacuation helicopters ensure that wounded soldiers reach a hospital within an hour’s time, resulting in the highest survival rate in history. [...]

  2. [...] Vertical lift has emerged as perhaps the most important enabling capability for waging a complex counter-insurgency campaign with relatively few troops in a country as big and rugged as Afghanistan. Where helicopters are available, NATO troops can move quickly over rough, contested terrain to out-maneuver their opponents. Attack helicopters are the most effective form of fire support: on countless occasions, the speedy appearance of U.S., British and Dutch Apache gunships has suppressed Taliban ambushes. Medical evacuation helicopters ensure that wounded soldiers reach a hospital within an hour’s time, resulting in the highest survival rate in history. [...]

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