Last night, several Taliban strongholds in the Panjshir Valley unexpectedly came under heavy fire from the skies. In a befitting reply to the Pakistan Army drones, these are the aircraft of the former Afghan air force that wreaked havoc.
Kabul: Death rained upon the Taliban from the skies above Panjshir on Monday night, reportedly by aircraft belonging to the now disbanded National Directorate of Security (NDS) of Afghanistan.
It is rumoured that the two attack aircraft that led the charge against the Taliban had been piloted away into Tajikistan at the time of political coup in Kabul.
They crossed the border from the Tajik side and rained bombs and bullets on Taliban strongholds.
AC-208 aircraft formerly belonging to the Afghan military rained death on the Taliban on Monday night.
These aircraft had been given to the Afghan military by the US during their 20-year war with the Taliban in Afghanistan.
Despite several difficulties, the US managed to forge the Afghan forces into an effective fighting force with the AC-208 one of their prime weapons.
The AC-208 was effective against the Taliban before folding up during the US withdrawal from Afghanistan.
The AC-208 is useful for limited bombing operations against infantry positions or enemy bunkers.
The AC-208 is an effective light combat platform suitable for close air support and intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance missions.