Afghan Air Force makes first emergency air drop in Badakhshan

Salaam Times

KABUL -- An Afghan Air Force air crew for the first time conducted an emergency combat air drop mission in Badakhshan Province Friday (June 1), the NATO-led Resolute Support Mission said in a statement.

The crew planned, prepared and delivered almost 1,000 pounds of ammunition to the Afghan National Police (ANP) and local residents fighting Taliban militants in the province within six hours of a request for support, said the statement Monday (June 5).

The local forces received all of the ammo, enabling them to continue fighting, according to the statement.

"In the past, we didn't have anything to support the soldiers," said 1st Lt. Froton, an Afghan Air Force loadmaster. "Now when our soldiers are faced with any kind of problem, especially lack of ammunition, we are ready to support them, and it's really bad news for the Taliban."

The Afghan Air Force began conducting regular air drop missions last July with guidance from US advisors.

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