Turbulence Ahead? Afghan Air Force Prepares For U.S. Withdrawal
With the pending withdrawal of U.S. forces and contractors from Afghanistan, the fledgling Afghan Air Force could have some turbulent days ahead. While 80 percent of all air missions in support of Afghan ground forces are conducted by the Afghan Air Force, most of the aircraft maintenance is done by international contractors. How to continue the upkeep without them is one of the many challenges that lie ahead.