An Afghan military aircraft has been shot down by Uzbekistan as it tried to flee to the country, the crew are reportedly safe.

It is understood that the A-29 super Tucano tried to cross the Uzbek border, Uzbekistan’s defence ministry was quoted as saying by the RIA news agency on Monday.

Footage from Twitter, shown below, shows a man wearing an Afghan military uniform being given aid by a group of people.

Aircraft wreckage can also be seen.

The aircraft appears to be an A-29 Super Tucano. Twenty of these light attack aircraft were purchased for the Afghan Air Force in 2014. The first four aircraft arrived in 2016. In 2017, the Afghan Air Force conducted roughly 2,000 airstrike sorties, about 40 a week. There is no longer an Afghan air force.

Last night, we reported that an American C-17 evacuated 800 people in single flight. 

In addition, footage has emerged showing Afghan civilians clinging to the undercarriage of transport aircraft leaving Kabul with a number appearing to fall from a C-17 while in flight.

You can read more about that by following the link below.

Civilians fall from airborne C-17 in Afghan evacuation

Additionally, the first flight of evacuated personnel landed at RAF Brize Norton in the UK from Kabul late last night. The flight consisted of British Embassy staff and British citizens, say the Ministry of Defence.

As part of Operation PITTING, the UK Armed Forces are enabling the evacuation of British personnel from Afghanistan.

“On Sunday 16th August the first flight of evacuated personnel arrived at RAF Brize Norton in the UK. The flight constituted of British Embassy staff and British Nationals.
British forces from 16 Air Assault Brigade arrived in the Afghan capital over the weekend on Op PITTING to support the evacuation of British Nationals and former British staff eligible for relocation under the Afghan Relocation and Assistance Policy.”

Subscribe
Notify of
guest
38 Comments
oldest
newest
Inline Feedbacks
View all comments
Goldilocks
Goldilocks
1 month ago

For a country not many know about, they seem pretty well-armed. Mig 29’s and Mig-35’s seem to be numerous.

David Steeper
David Steeper
1 month ago

Brave men. If the ANA had shown the same courage as their airforce pilots this would be a very different news day.

Last edited 1 month ago by David Steeper
dan
dan
1 month ago
Reply to  David Steeper

All the ANA was good for was wasting American taxpayer money and at the first sign of the Taliban either turning tail and running or surrendering. A soldier’s job is too protect the innocent and the weak. Hopefully the get what they deserve.

Last edited 1 month ago by dan
Mike
Mike
1 month ago
Reply to  dan

Do not forget the UK taxpayers money, and our effort. The ANA much like the AUP, and their Iraqi counterparts struggle to be effective without a lot of support. Good at standing on checkpoints, and not much else.

Rob
Rob
1 month ago
Reply to  dan

You need to reconsider that. 10s of 1000s have died. Many have been executed by the Taliban. Afghanistan is a third world country and we tried to build a first world army. They have no industrial base, most soldiers can’t read or write and they were completely dependent upon western logistics & finance. Withdraw that and morale collapses because they know that sooner or later they are going to lose when the air strikes, the bullets and beans run out. Recent events were entirely predictable because the same happened to the ARVN in 1975, shattered morale shatters armies.

John Clark
John Clark
1 month ago
Reply to  Rob

I see what you are saying Rob, but the synergy between the ANA and the ARVN isn’t the same. Though the ARVN were entirely US equipped and trained, there funding was reduced in 1972 and virtually stopped in 1973 as Congress wouldn’t support it. ARVN units supported by their Airforce, actually took on a major NVA offensive in 1973 and beat it… Two years on, the lack of soldiers wages and shortage of spares, caused a total collapse. The ANA were still properly supported, they simply turned and fled their posts, leaving the population to the mercy of the Taliban…… Read more »

Paul.P
Paul.P
1 month ago
Reply to  John Clark

Yes, I think you are right to draw a distinction between the ANA and the ARVN. The ARVN was more spirited and well equipped and led. Vietnam was an independent Buddhist country for 900 years before it was colonised by the French. The Vietnam war was mainly a civil war between a communist North and a capitalist South. The US was right about that. The Jesuits landed there in the 16c and French brought their catholicism in 1860. Today about 8% of the population is Christian and about 5% Buddhist. Most of the population follow a Vietnamese folk religion…which I… Read more »

Brad
Brad
1 month ago
Reply to  John Clark

While the ARVN performed better than the ANA, they both could not face their opponents without the US in country. No argument that the ANA were shockingly bad these last 2 weeks but they couldn’t operate without the logistics and support the US provided. For example, they couldn’t get more Mil Mi-17 helicopters (due to sanctions), which they were capable of maintaining themselves. They were then given Blackhawks which they were not capable of maintaining so as soon as the US contractors pulled out, the helicopters became inoperable which in turn meant no ammo, food and water supplies for the… Read more »

John Clark
John Clark
1 month ago
Reply to  Brad

Fair points Brad … The real difference is that the ARVN could and did undertake successful independent operations against the NVA, post US withdrawal.

Congress cut off their funding and that screwed the pooch over a two year period.

Corruption was an issue however and the Saigon government was always propped up by the US.

The ANA we’re utterly incapable of independent operations, we simply built a house on quick sand and spent twenty years filling in the cracks and propping it up… It was always going to collapse as soon as we walked off the building site.

dan
dan
1 month ago
Reply to  Rob

I was referring to Western troops that were sent over there to help the Afghan people.

Derek
Derek
1 month ago
Reply to  Rob

It also appears that they were undermined by local politicians in various towns and cities who had done deals to surrender to the Taliban in return for no reprisals against the politicians or their families. The ANA were undermined, un-supplied and unsupported in every direction it seems.

Meirion x
Meirion x
1 month ago
Reply to  dan

Remove the foundations of any building, it will fall down!

The West(mainly the US), was providing
the supporting structures for the Afghan Army. US combat ended in 2016.

The US was getting good value money from a small token force deployed.

Last edited 1 month ago by Meirion x
dan
dan
1 month ago
Reply to  Meirion x

Not sure what you’re referring to as the ANA was probably the worst army performance wise in the world. They would refuse to fight and turn and run unless they had US/UK or NATO support. How is that good value for money? This latest mass surrender by them the last few days proves they were nothing more than idiots wearing a uniform and taking a Western paycheck.

John Clark
John Clark
1 month ago
Reply to  dan

I can’t argue with that Dan…..

David Steeper
David Steeper
1 month ago
Reply to  dan

One of the problems was that by the time their political and military superiors had taken their cut they rarely saw their pay.

Patrick M
Patrick M
1 month ago
Reply to  dan

The Afghan Army was basically undermined in the end by local warlords doing deals with the Taliban. UK taxpayers money was wasted first and foremost by the seeming inability of British politicians to keep there noses out of other people’s affairs. The class case was Libya. A disaster from start to finish and the security of the British homeland was undermined because mass migration flows and even terrorist attacks flowed directly from it.

Lusty
Lusty
1 month ago

From Al Jazeera:

Hundreds of Afghan soldiers have fled to Uzbekistan with 22 military planes and 24 helicopters last weekend, including one aircraft that collided with an escorting Uzbek fighter jet causing both to crash, Uzbekistan has said.

A total of 585 Afghan soldiers have arrived on aircraft and 158 more crossed the border on foot on Sunday, Uzbek prosecutor general’s office said in a statement.

dan
dan
1 month ago
Reply to  Lusty

Hope they are arrested. Cowards.

Patrick M
Patrick M
1 month ago
Reply to  dan

They were retreating in order to join Ahmed Massoud’s Tajik fighters in order to continue the fight against the Taliban.. Ahmed Massoud’s father was assassinated by the Taliban a few days before September 11 2001.

Marked
Marked
1 month ago

Shame they don’t put half as much effort into fighting for their freedom as they do running away…

Mike
Mike
1 month ago
Reply to  Marked

Agreed. A very poor effort at defending their own country.

Julian1
Julian1
1 month ago
Reply to  Marked

Perhaps they plan to mount a guerilla campaign?

Last edited 1 month ago by Julian1
Positroll
Positroll
1 month ago

Why on Earth are the Usbeks shooting them down? In their place Id be happy to get my hands on some free aircraft …

dan
dan
1 month ago
Reply to  Positroll

They have no idea who’s flying in that plane or what their intentions are. Also I doubt they even knew what type of aircraft it was. They probably tried to contact them but got no reply.

Positroll
Positroll
1 month ago
Reply to  dan

The Usbek airforce not knowing the only aircraft their most dangerous (instable) neighbor has? Nah.

And I dont think that US trained pilots wouldnt even be able to communicate on the proper international channels …

Maybe the Afghan pilots were just in a complete panic mode, though …

Paul.P
Paul.P
1 month ago

Well, Uzbekistan looks like a country with possibilities so good luck to them I suppose. When the dust settles on these recent days the significant geopolitical change is that Afghanistan has transitioned from being the buffer state between the 19th century buffer separating the British and Russian empires and in the 20th century being fought over by the US and Russia into having its own identity. We might not like their brand of religion but the Taliban will being peace and order to the country and do speak for the majority of the common people who are tired of war.… Read more »

Rob
Rob
1 month ago
Reply to  Paul.P

I very much doubt this is an end to anything. Remember Taliban means student and those students come from Madrassa schools in Pakistan. In many ways this was a proxy war by Pakistan to secure their northern flank; the last thing they wanted was a pro-western & pro-Indian democracy at their backs. Now the focus for those ‘students’ will re-focus on Kashmir and that could be very dangerous for everyone involved.

Paul.P
Paul.P
1 month ago
Reply to  Rob

Well, you may be right. We’ll have to see how things go. I see the Taliban have declared Afghanistan to be a ‘emirate’ rather than ‘caliphate’ which I think means that the political leader of the nation will not be the religious leader. I think this is a hopeful sign as regards how Afghanistan will be governed internally and how it will interact with the outside world.

Andy a
Andy a
1 month ago
Reply to  Paul.P

They are just playing the international game to ensure west don’t come back. Give it a year homosexuals will be thrown of buildings, 12 year olds married off and raped, see an ANA officer already had eyes gouged out!
The west will regret this betrayal of allies, we look weak snd will encourage our enemies.

Paul.P
Paul.P
1 month ago
Reply to  Andy a

Have to hope the eye gouging was an isolated incident. As I have posted elsewhere I think Vietnam was a betrayal but withdrawal from Afghanistan is not. I agree with Biden. This is a case of if you are in a hole the first thing to do is stop digging.

James
James
1 month ago
Reply to  Paul.P

It has all the hallmarks of a Caliphate except in name, the worlds largest one has just been created.

Paul.P
Paul.P
1 month ago
Reply to  James

Just reading up on the origins of the Taliban it seems they are a Sunni Islam revivalist movement and political party whose Pashtun roots go back to the Indian mutiny (war of independence). It seems they believed in the doctrine of composite nationalism, that the Indian nation could accommodate peoples of different religion. They would have opposed partition. It may well be that the extremism of recent decades has been an aberration or a learning phase. Their victory over government forces means I think that the country has matured past the phase of being ‘governed’ by tribal war lords. Internationally… Read more »

McZ
McZ
1 month ago
Reply to  Paul.P

When the Taliban were last in office, they added a small group of Arab knife fighters to their strength called “Al Queda”. Those mercenaries killed tens of thousand Afghan civilians.

The significant geopolitical change is, that Biden has outed himself as utterly incompetent to handle foreign policy. China and Russia will not let pass this unique time frame.

Paul.P
Paul.P
1 month ago
Reply to  McZ

Morning McZ. The view of Al Queda as Taliban mercenaries is not a narrative I have heard. My own view is that these two groups represent opposite ends of the spectrum of responses to the conflict intrinsic clan based rule by feudal war lords. Al Queda was tolerated and some say encouraged by the wealthy feudal regimes in the Gulf. These regimes govern top down. They pay lip service to Islam to the extent they can use it as a tool to control the population. At the other end of the spectrum is the Taliban who can be compared to… Read more »

Positroll
Positroll
1 month ago
Reply to  McZ

“The significant geopolitical change is, that Biden has outed himself as utterly incompetent to handle foreign policy.” Excuse me? It was TRUMP who decided to get out as fast as possible, to please his isolationist base. Just like he dropped the Sysrian Kurds. It was Trump who made a deal with the Taliban. Without consulting with the Afghan government or any of his allies, who went in to support the US for 20 years just to be left hanging in the wind, and getting nothing but insults from the orange bastard. Biden was handed a hot mess and now has… Read more »

Patrick M
Patrick M
1 month ago
Reply to  Positroll

The truth is that both Trump and Biden are incompetent.

Phil
Phil
1 month ago

Apparently Ben Wallace is mighty angry at the Foreign Office because their diplomats and officials all rushed onto the first aircraft out leaving the Army to try and work out how to run the Visa application processing system for the people we needed to save with the computers trashed and the files destroyed.

Johan
Johan
1 month ago

IMAGINE,

Light Attack aircraft against a pick up truck with a gun strapped to the roof.

And you want to welcome the spinless to the world.