Report: Afghans Not Ready for $800M in Aircraft

Gov't watchdog warns against 'massive financial investment,' in Afghan air force.

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SIGAR recommends the Pentagon suspend its agreement to issue these aircraft to the Afghan military.

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"The U.S. is better than anybody in the world at providing these resources," John Nagl, a former Army officer and brain behind the military's counterinsurgency strategy in Afghanistan, told U.S. News last week. "They are expensive, complicated, technologically demanding, and the [Afghans] are going to have a hard time delivering [them]."

Afghans fly the Mi-17 because they're more rugged than their American counterparts and can fly more safely at high altitudes than smaller helicopters, analysts say.

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