Saturday, July 31, 2021

Asymmetrical Warfare

The Taliban is proving that, contra POTUS's claims, you don't need combat aircraft if you can deprive the other side of the people who fly them. According to Reuters...
At least seven Afghan pilots, including Zamaray, have been assassinated off base in recent months, according to two senior Afghan government officials. This series of targeted killings, which haven't been previously reported, illustrate what U.S. and Afghan officials believe is a deliberate Taliban effort to destroy one of Afghanistan's most valuable military assets: its corps of U.S.- and NATO-trained military pilots.

In so doing, the Taliban -- who have no air force -- are looking to level the playing field as they press major ground offensives.
On top of this, the Afghani Air Force is facing serious logistics problems.
About one-third of the Afghan Air Force’s 160 aircraft can no longer fly because they lack spare parts since the United States withdrew its contractors from the country, Afghan lawmaker Haji Ajmal Rahmani reportedly said during a recent webinar sponsored by the State Department Correspondents Association.

The Afghan Air Force has also run out of laser-guided precision munitions, Rahmani said.
Looks like the embassy in Kabul has a spacious rooftop for when we wrap up this season of That Seventies Show...