Weekly Report 5
April 3, 2016
US Air Force F-16 Crashes in Afghanistan
The United States troops have been in Afghanistan since the US invaded Afghanistan after the September 11 attacks, where hundreds of people were killed by the military . The US is/was supported initially by close allies; they were later joined by NATO beginning in 2003. This followed the Afghan Civil War's 1996-2001 phase. Its public aims were to dismantle al-Qaeda and to deny it a safe base of operations in Afghanistan by removing the Taliban from power. Those allies, including the United Kingdom, supported the U.S. from the start to the end of the phase. This phase of the War is the longest war in United States history.
According to the news article, a U.S. Air Force F-16 fighter jet crashed on takeoff near Bagram Air Field last Tuesday morning. Bagram Air Field is located northeast of Kabul, the capital of Afghanistan, and is the U.S. military's main base of operations in Afghanistan. News reporter, Cook added that the cause of the accident is under investigation.
The news article stated that there are 9,800 American troops still in Afghanistan as part of a training and advisory mission. However, the number of U.S. troops was slated to be reduced to 5,500 by year's end, but a resurgent Taliban has led U.S. military commanders to review those plans.