The United States has reached an agreement with the Uzbek authorities to transfer a group of Afghan Air Force pilots, who flew to Uzbekistan together with their families, to an American military base, according to The Wall Street Journal’s sources.
After the Taliban movement came to power, on August 14 and 15, 22 warplanes and 24 military helicopters of Afghanistan, carrying 585 Afghan soldiers, had illegally entered the airspace of Uzbekistan. This was later proved by satellite images of the Uzbek Termez airport.
It is expected that 585 Afghan pilots, crew members and their relatives will fly to the US military base in Doha, where they will be preparing for transfer to other countries
It is not known whether any of them will move to the United States. The fate of dozens of Afghan aircraft that they used to come to Uzbekistan remains unknown.
The Taliban tried to get the extradition of the pilots. The representative of the Taliban, Suheil Shaheen, has previously called them to return to the country, as Afghanistan under the Taliban’s control faced a shortage of professional pilots.
However, the “Taliban Air Forces” are not wasting time, preparing new professional military pilots in the most harsh conditions:
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