Posted on June 12, 2014
KABUL — For Air Commodore David Cooper, time is running out.
The British Royal Air Force officer has the unenviable task of making the tiny Afghan air force self-sustaining by the end of the year.
“Because we’re unsure about what’s going to happen after 2014 and we can make no assumptions, we have to put as much as we can into this year,” said Cooper, director of air operations for the NATO-led International Security Assistance Force in Afghanistan.
The re-establishment of the Afghan air force got a late start in comparison with the country’s army and national police, as the ISAF focused on building the country’s ground capabilities to combat an entrenched Taliban insurgency