The Afghan Aviators Smuggled Drugs

A war photo a day #26

The Afghan Aviators Smuggled Drugs The Afghan Aviators Smuggled Drugs

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David Axe photo The Afghan Aviators Smuggled Drugs A war photo a day #26 Eight years. Seven wars. More death and destruction than I... The Afghan Aviators Smuggled Drugs
David Axe photo

The Afghan Aviators Smuggled Drugs

A war photo a day #26

Eight years. Seven wars. More death and destruction than I care to recount. I’ve been covering armed conflict since 2005. Every battlefield has its stories … and its unforgettable images. Follow me through my career at war, one jarring, haunting or sublime photo a day until I run out.

In the fall of 2009 I traveled to Afghanistan, where eight years into the war the U.S. was finally adding the tens of thousands of additional troops to patrol far-flung villages and accelerate the training of Afghan forces. In Kandahar, I photographed American efforts to train up the Afghan air force.

It wasn’t going well. Many of the Afghan airmen were illiterate, meaning they could not read repair manuals. Their helicopters were often in bad repair. And even when they did fly, the Afghan commanders tended to focus on their side “careers” … smuggling opium.