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Afghan Pilots Misfire as U.S. Spends Billions

Jan 10, 2019 - The New York Times

MOGHKHAIL, Afghanistan -- The A-29 attack plane was a white speck in the bright skies over eastern Afghanistan as it launched a dummy bomb that exploded just yards from the target, a wrecked truck. ''Spot on!'' said an American adviser watching the exercise.

The plane's Afghan pilot had been guided by an Afghan coordinator on the ground -- but only after previous bombing runs had struck well wide of the truck.

Eleven years after the United States began building an air force for Af...