Stars and Stripes stripes.com 08 Jan, 2021 17:30 am

Afghan pilots gunned down ahead of talks aimed at bringing peace

Afghan pilots gunned down ahead of talks aimed at bringing peace
An Afghan pilot was gunned down in a Kabul street this week, the second to die in an apparent targeted killing ahead of a second round of peace talks between the Taliban and government.

has spent years training Afghan pilots and invested billions in the country’s air force.Mohammad Naiem Asadi, a helicopter pilot reputed to have killed more Taliban than anyone else in the Afghan air force, went into hiding last year after the Pentagon reversed its decision to allow him to move to the United States with his family.Mohammad Naiem Asadi talks about flying helicopters for the Afghan Air Force.Now a major, Asadi, who is said to have killed more Taliban than anyone else in the Afghan air force, went into hiding last year after the Pentagon reversed its decision to allow him to move to the United States with his family.

Afghan pilots gunned down ahead of talks aimed at bringing peace Assassinations of Afghan pilots leave families like that of Mohammed Shah, killed in 2018, grieving and angry at a government they say did not protect their loved ones.At least 168 members of Afghanistan’s security forces died in targeted killings in 2020, a report published on Jan.

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