Afghan air force ascent slow, imperiling battle with Taliban

January 25, 2015 10:28 PM

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Afghanistan's airforce struggles take off

KABUL (Reuters) - Afghanistan's armed forces are so short of combat-ready aircraft that, late last year, they began fitting machine guns and rockets to Russian-made Mi-17 transport helicopters, dubbed "flying tractors", to bolster their air power.

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