[Ed. Note: Why is the United States buying a FLEET of helicopters from Russia?]
from The BRICS Post:
The United States has announced that it has no plans to stop a $550 million deal with Russia to purchase helicopters for the Afghan Special Mission Wing.
“On the Mi-17 [helicopters], … I support continuing on the path we are on,” said Chairman of the US Joint Chiefs of Staff Martin Dempsey on Thursday.
The Pentagon was urged to put the deal on hold by the Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction (SIGAR) in late June.
In order to get the Afghans as capable as possible by the end of next year the US must commit to the fleet, said Dempsey.
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