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Members of the 451st Expeditionary Logistics Readiness Squadron aerial port flight and 22nd Airlift Squadron prepare to load a U.S. Navy F/A-18 Super Hornet fighter aircraft onto a U.S. Air Force C-5 Galaxy cargo aircraft on Kandahar Airfield, Afghanistan, Aug. 18, 2011. The Hornet experienced malfunctions which caused it to divert and land at Kandahar Airfield in March while supporting Operation Enduring Freedom. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman David Carajal)


Soldiers serving with Alpha Battery, 2nd Battalion, 77th Field Artillery Regiment, 4th Infantry Brigade Combat Team, 4th Inf. Division, shoot a round down range from their M777A2 howitzer on Kandahar Airfield, Afghanistan, Aug. 22, 2014. The round was part of a shoot to register, or zero, the howitzers, which had just arrived on KAF from Forward Operating Base Pasab. The shoot also provided training for a fire support team from 1st Battalion, 12th Infantry Regiment, 4th IBCT, 4th Inf. Div.


The American Green Berets were seated around a long, plywood table at their base when they spotted the Taliban counterattack on their screens.

The burly Americans were working on computers, drinking coffee and munching on chips and peanut butter cookies. Their team leader answered an ever-ringing phone, giving his superiors updates on an Afghan commando mission in the mountains just north of Afghanistan’s Kandahar Airfield.

The Green Berets could see the progress of the mission on a massive screen on the wall — live video sent by an American drone. The Afghan commandos had opened fire on the Taliban, and they had fired back. An American AH-64 Apache attack helicopter sliced down to shred the defenders. Many scattered.

Then, the American troops here spotted about two dozen men — black-and-white figures on their monitors — carrying rifles and machine guns, moving along a dry riverbed, parallel to the Afghan commandos.

Under U.S. Air Cover, Afghan Commandos Chase The Elusive Taliban

Photos: David Gilkey/NPR


Tornado’s from 31 Squadron, RAF Marham, take off at Kandahar airfield in Afghanistan where they continue to provide vital close air support and reconnaissance to ISAF troops on the ground as coalition forces hand over to the Afghans.

 Prince Harry Year in Review 2014

November 9, 2014 - Prince Harry joined British troops and service personal remaining in Afghanistan and also International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) personnel and civilians as they gathered for a Remembrance Sunday service at Kandahar Airfield in Kandahar, Afghanistan.