US Pledged 37 Black Hawks, 2 Fixed-Wing Attack Aircraft: Sources

  • Date of Publication : 28/06/2021 at 12:00 GMT
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The Afghan delegation in Washington was told that the US will provide 37 Black Hawk helicopters and two A-29 Super Tucano fixed-wing attack aircraft to Afghanistan, sources told TOLOnews on Monday. 

The US officials also assured the Afghan delegation that 200 US contractors, mostly working with the military aircraft, will remain in Afghanistan until the end of September.

Currently, Afghan forces have more than 160 helicopters and aircraft.

On Monday, Abdullah Abdullah, the chairman of the High Council for National Reconciliation, at a press conference said that the US will end its military presence in the country but will continue its assistance to Afghanistan and the Afghan air forces.

“A new chapter has been opened in US and Afghanistan relations,” he said.

In his meeting with the Afghan delegation, US President Joe Biden promised the Afghan leaders a “sustained” partnership even as he moves to accelerate winding down the US’s longest war in Afghanistan.

President Ghani and Chairman Abdullah also met at the Pentagon with US Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin.

While Biden vowed that the US was committed to assisting Afghanistan, he also insisted that it was time for the American military to step back, according to the Associated Press report.

On Friday, President Ghani also said that Afghans will not be compelled to submission by force and that the Taliban should agree to a ceasefire and enter a political process.

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