Aghan Taliban Shot Down US Air Force Bombardier E-11A Surveillance Aircraft In Ghazni Province:
In a recent development, the Afghan Taliban have shot down the US Air Force Surveillance Aircraft in Central Afghanistan over Taliban-controlled Territory in Ghazni Province on Monday, January 27, 2020.
The Spokesman of Taliban Zabihullah Mujahid has said in an online Statement, “An American invader aircraft has been shot down. Lots of officers have been killed.”
Furthermore, the Taliban Spokesperson Zabihullah Mujahid also claimed the high-ranking CIA officials and operators boarded on the plane were spying the Taliban-controlled Territory in Eastern Afghanistan. He also claimed that all the CIA officials, including the crew staff have been killed and there are no survivors.
The Taliban Spokesperson Zabihullah Mujahid further claimed that Taliban Shot Down a US Surveillance Aircraft in the Ghazni Province. The aircraft crash site was roughly about 10 Kilometers (6.2 mi) from a US military Base. The local Taliban Fighters have cordoned-off the Crash site and several other fighters are searching the nearby villages for any suspected survivors.
The Taliban Spokesperson Zabihullah Mujahid said that the shoot-down of US Aircraft ‘has no impact on the ongoing peace negotiations between the Taliban and US over the withdrawal of US forces from Afghanistan.
“No agreement has been reached yet and Americans are continuing their attacks too.” Taliban Spokesperson Zabihullah Mujahid further added in his statement.
The local renowned Journalist Tariq Ghaznawil has said that he had himself seen at least 2 bodies, but other people have counted up to 5 after the crash. Tariq further added that the rear and front side of the aircraft was badly burned in the crash.
According to the details, the ill-fated US Air Force Bombardier E-11A Surveillance Aircraft, which the US Military frequently uses for electronics surveillance over Afghanistan, was flowing over the Taliban-controlled Territory in Central Afghanistan when the Afghan Taliban shot down the aircraft.
The remnant of the Aircraft appeared in a footage shows a US Air Force E-11A Battlefield Airborne Communication Node, which has described by the Air Force as “Wi-Fi in the Sky”.
The aircraft is packed with the robust communication systems to support critical missions in remote hostile areas without having an existing infrastructure.
On the other hand, the Spokesperson of US Central Command (CENTCOM), Major Beth Riordan has declined to comment on the video being circulated in the social media, which suggest that the ill-fated aircraft was the Bombardier E-11A Surveillance plane of US Air Force.
The Taliban Fighters have occasionally been reported to have access to sophisticated and Anti-Aircraft weapons, including the US Stinger Missile supplied by the CIA during 1980-90s. Earlier, the Afghan Taliban have managed to shoot down the UK Chinook Helicopter by using the shoulder Mounted Surface to Air Missile (SAM), which result in the killing of all personnel onboard.
The Afghan Government and Afghan Media have initially reported that a passenger Jet carrying more than 80 passengers had crashed in Ghazni Province, but this claim was rebuked by the Afghan Taliban Spokesperson few hours later.
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