Last week, the 13th Marine Expeditionary Unit’s Marine Fighter Attack Squadron 211 took the F-35 for its first American combat mission. But the Lightning’s operational debut was overshadowed by less exciting news that followed a day later.
On Thursday, a mistrial was declared in the case of Nicholas Slatten, former Blackwater contractor. Lawyers will meet this week to discuss the way forward, but Blackwater’s vocal founder is poisoning the well.
Perhaps Haqqani’s death can pave the way for this new Pakistani leader to stand out from his predecessors and take a strong stance against the ISI’s continued support for the Taliban. I won’t be holding my breath, though.
This $56 million modification is for for logistics support services for the Afghan Air Force and Special Mission Wing aircraft fleets. Work will be performed in Kabul, Afghanistan, with an estimated completion date of May 31, 2020.
Ghazni City is home to historical icons and crucial highway intersections leading to population centers in the region. Seizing the city is an “old school Taliban” move – and one that requires swift retaliation by Afghan forces.
No one on the American side will formally confirm anything, but an anonymous Taliban official told the Associated Press over the weekend that an American delegation met with a Taliban delegation in Qatar.