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WASHINGTON - The U.S. government is snapping up Russian-made helicopters to form the core of Afghanistan's fledgling air force, a strategy that is drawing flak from members of Congress who want to force the Afghans to fly American choppers instead.
In a turnabout from the Cold War, when the CIA gave Stinger missiles to Afghan rebels to shoot down Soviet helicopters, the Pentagon has spent $648 million to buy or refurbish 31 Russian Mi-17 transport helicopters for the Afghan National Army Air Corps. The Defense Department is seeking to buy 10 more of the Mi-17s next year, and had planned to
Originally posted by theability
reply to post by mattifikation
America probably doesn't trust Afghanistan with our equipment, after seeing what some of it ended up being used on the last time we supplied them.
What did happen last time?
Originally posted by sadchild01
seems to me , this is a sign that USA is falling apart .
USA can't supply afghans with helos and that's pathetic despit its budget being nearly trillion dollars