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telegraphindia.com 13 Sep, 2021 21:15 am

Afghan pilots move to US base in UAE

Afghan pilots move to US base in UAE
Two other groups are expected to fly out in under an arrangement the US negotiated with Uzbekistan to move more than 450 people

Afghan pilots who sought safety in Uzbekistan move to US base in UAE Two other groups are expected to fly out in under an arrangement the US negotiated with Uzbekistan to move more than 450 people The Afghan pilots have been caught in a delicate diplomatic tug of war since fleeing their country as the government in Kabul was collapsing last month.21, 01:16 AM An initial group of Afghan pilots who flew themselves and their family members to safety in Uzbekistan aboard Afghan Air Force aircraft were transferred to a US military base in the UAE on Sunday, according to the office of Representative August Pfluger, which has been in contact with one of the pilots and his wife.Two other groups of Afghan pilots and their relatives are expected to fly out in under an arrangement the US negotiated with Uzbekistan to move more than 450 Afghans.Advertisement The Afghan pilots, whom the Taliban consider among the most reviled members of the Afghan military for their role in conducting airstrikes against Taliban fighters, have been caught in a delicate diplomatic tug of war since fleeing their country as the government in Kabul was collapsing last month.

Former American service members, many of whom trained and served with the Afghan pilots and their maintenance crews, as well as members of Congress, have been working closely with the state department to arrange the transfers to US bases in West Asia and, ultimately, to the US.5 billion to develop a capable and sustainable Afghan Air Force and its special mission wing.

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