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A-10s join effort to target Taliban drug factories in Afghanistan | Stars & Stripes
U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Sean Martin

A-10s join effort to target Taliban drug factories in Afghanistan | Stars & Stripes

A squadron of A-10C “Warthog” Thunderbolt IIs deployed to this sprawling airfield in southern Afghanistan last week and has already started flying missions as part of a U.S. and Afghan air campaign targeting Taliban drug facilities.

The $19 million aircraft, beloved by ground troops and so far spared from Air Force efforts to ground them for budgetary reasons, will also support counterterrorism efforts.

The deployment comes as U.S. Central Command realigns its aircraft, crews and other assets in the region, as the anti-ISIS campaign in Iraq and Syria winds down and as demand for precision strikes and close air support ramps up in Afghanistan under President Donald Trump’s South Asia strategy.

Source: A-10s join effort to target Taliban drug factories in Afghanistan | Stars & Stripes