Afghanistan’s Ministry of Defense Sunday announced five Afghan air force pilots who left after the previous government’s collapse, have returned to resume work.
Officials said they will continue to encourage all professional staff of the previous government to return to Afghanistan.
Following the Taliban’s takeover last fall, many experienced Afghan military and air force personnel fled the country to Tajikistan, Uzbekistan, the United Arab Emirates, and the U.S.
Military expert Sarwar Neyazai said “Afghanistan needs everyone who is a specialist: doctors, engineers, pilots and teachers.”
Reports show roughly 140 Afghan air force pilots and personnel who were trapped in Tajikistan after leaving Afghanistan have since gone on to the United States.