The A-10 has been engaged in combat over Afghanistan since 2002. Combat Aircraft concludes its assessment of the first Operation ‘Anaconda’ missions, which proved to be a baptism of fire.


Taken in 2011, much later than Operation ‘Anaconda’, this A-10 from the 74th Expeditionary Fighter Squadron illustrates the enduring commitment of USAF squadrons to Afghanistan.
USAF/MSgt William Greer

AS US FORCES launched combat missions into Afghanistan under Operation ‘Enduring Freedom’ (OEF) on October 7, 2001, the A-10 Thunderbolt II was not in the initial inventory of participants. Instead it was standing combat search and rescue (CSAR) alert at Ahmed Al Jaber, in Kuwait, and flying Operation ‘Southern Watch’ (OSW) missions over southern Iraq.

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