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Douglas Ernst

Douglas  Ernst

Articles by Douglas Ernst

** FILE ** Capt. Richard Olson, 74th Expeditionary Fighter Squadron A-10 pilot, gets off an A-10 Warthog after his flight at Kandahar Airfield, Afghanistan, Sept. 2, 2011. (USAF)

Air Force adds A-10 Thunderbolt to Islamic State airstrike arsenal

The A-10 Thunderbolts II's fate may be uncertain as politicians and Pentagon brass conduct budget battles in Washington, but its immediate future is known — the popular fighter jet will conduct airstrikes on the Islamic State group. Published November 26, 2014

U.S. Special Operations forces engage in a joint operation with Afghan National Army soldiers targeting insurgents operating in Afghanistan's Farah province, Oct. 29, 2009. (Associated Press)

Afghanistan lifts night raid ban against Taliban

A ban on night raids in Afghanistan has been lifted by Afghan president, Ashraf Ghani. His predecessor, Hamid Karzai, forbid Afghan National Army Special Forces units from conducting the raids in 2013. Published November 25, 2014