US Air Force probed for scrapping costly planes bought for Afghans

A US government watchdog agency is asking the Air Force to explain why it destroyed 16 aircraft initially bought for the Afghan air force and turn them into $32,000 of scrap metal instead of finding other ways to salvage nearly $500 million in US funds spent on the program.

Afghan Air Force may need NATO aid until 2017

NATO officials have said Afghan forces will require air personnel to stay in Afghanistan until 2017, long after most other international combat troops have left.

Afghan pilots learn air assault tactics from 101st

101st Combat Aviation Brigade Commander Colonel Paul Bontrager said the Afghans need to be weaned off American aviation during the drawdown of US forces this year.