Russia and Iran have been exerting influence inside
Afghanistan, in an attempt to legitimize the Taliban over the NATO-led
coalition in the fight against ISIS, a move officials say is causing
more instability in the region.
The Afghan Air Force is “rapidly gaining capability,”
standing up 20 more aircrews since their A-29 Super Tucanos began flying
strike missions in April, the head of the US mission said.
Even though the Afghan forces’ capabilities are
growing, the resurgent Taliban and the growth of ISIS in Afghanistan has
limited the amount of territory the government actually controls, the
head of the US mission said.
A pilot a Whiteman AFB, Mo., recently logged his
6,000th hour in the A-10 Thunderbolt II—that’s roughly 250 days spent in
the venerable Warthog’s cockpit.
The House overwhelmingly approved the compromise
version of the Fiscal 2017 defense authorization bill on Friday with a
vote of 375-34.
Britain’s most advanced operational fighters will fly
over the contested South China Sea as a show of force to China,
Britain’s ambassador to the US said.
An upgraded ground control system for the Air Force’s GPS satellite constellation is fully operational, according to a Lockheed Martin release.
The US-led coalition targeting ISIS has determined that three airstrikes possibly resulted in civilian casualties in Iraq and Syria, and will further investigate three more.
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