U.S. probes allegations Afghan Air Force involved in drug running.

Five Afghan National Army Air Corps C-27 transport planes sit…

Five Afghan National Army Air Corps C-27 transport planes sit on the flight line on May 8, 2010 at the Air Corps base in Kabul, Afghanistan. US Air Force photo by Capt. Robert Leese/ RELEASED.

U.S. authorities are looking into allegations that some Afghan Air Force (AAF) officials have been using aircraft to transport narcotics and illegal weapons across the country, a U.S. official said on Thursday.

“At this point allegations are being examined,” said Lt. Col. Tim Stauffer, spokesman for the NATO Training Mission-Afghanistan, which is setting up and financing Afghan security forces, including the Air Force.
“Authorities are trying to determine whether the allegations warrant a full investigation.”

The Wall Street Journal, which first reported the allegations, said the U.S. military is also looking into whether the alleged transporting of illegal drugs and weapons is connected to an April incident in which an AAF colonel killed eight U.S. Air Force officers at Kabul Airport.

Source: Michael Georgy for Reuters.

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