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Afghan air force holds first training since Taliban’s rule

14:08, 30 November 2021
Afghan air force holds first training since Taliban’s rule

The Taliban* government has finally put to use the air fleet that it captured from Ashraf Ghani’s government and launched military drills in Afghanistan’s Balkh province, according to TOLO News.


Among the helicopters that took part in the training were Mi-17 and MD most of which were provided to the country’s government during pro-western Ghani’s rule.

Most Taliban fighters do not have the necessary knowledge to pilot such vehicles and thus pilots who fled Afghanistan during the latest months were invited to return as various jobs and posts are awaiting them.

Taliban also made a vow to start devoting more attention to the airfield and the air industry in general.

"In the near future we will collect information from all the airports to see how many active and damaged choppers we have, and also how many pilots we have who are willing to work and how many are not. We request that those who have left the country return and serve their people," Amanuddin Mansoor, the commander of the air force commander Amanuddin Mansoor said in a statement.

The government added that many of the pilots who previously served in the Afghan army said that they are ready to work with the new government.

Defense minister Mullah Yaqoob said that Afghanistan will figure out how to use the newly got air vehicles by itself without the help of fereign countries. 

Earlier, the Taliban reportedly announced their readiness to allow girls to attend special girl schools in 2022.

*Taliban is a terror organization banned in the US, Russia, and many other countries.