July 21st, 2011
10:48 AM ET

Afghan women train as pilots in Texas

Four women who are lieutenants in the Afghanistan military have come to the United States to study English at the Defense Language Institute at Lackland Air Force Base in Texas. But it's their dreams of piloting helicopters that could help change the future of women in their homeland.

These four Afghan women will spend anywhere from six to eight months in San Antonio at the base where they will be mastering the English language. After that, they'll move to Alabama where they'll train with the U.S. Army and learn how to be helicopter pilots.

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Filed under: Women's issues
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  1. Albert E

    This is a big mistake and highly stupid, when will the pathetic U.S. learn their lessons?????? Obama and our retard Generals, good call boys I hope they ram your jets down your dumb @sses!!!!!

    July 27, 2011 at 4:32 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Random Wizard

    do they really enjoy wearing those hoods all the time? they probably smell pretty bad from all the black, closed up clothing all the time.

    July 25, 2011 at 8:46 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Reuven Frank.

    our foolish troll contradicted itself. 1) women should be closely supervised (a ludicrous position), then 2) women joined the military in the past.

    it's the cafeteria approach again: it picks and chooses its positions on current events in keeping with how they massage its pre-existing political bias and bigotry.

    July 22, 2011 at 5:40 pm | Report abuse |
    • salerno

      Reuven – My post about the supervision over the women driving a car was sarcastic. I thought it was easy to understand, but you are the one in major need of supervision, I see.

      July 23, 2011 at 2:50 am | Report abuse |
    • Reuven Frank.

      and we can tell by reading your poorly written posts when you are sarcastic? an islam/taliban supporter and deserter?

      July 23, 2011 at 10:41 am | Report abuse |
      • salerno

        Even Cassius Clay, or Mohammed Alì was a deserter and a muslim supporter. What is the problem?

        July 23, 2011 at 11:33 am | Report abuse |
      • Reuven Frank.

        they are not posting here trying to assume a presumptuous "authority" on all things islam and Afghanistan.

        July 23, 2011 at 5:07 pm | Report abuse |
      • salerno

        So you confessed that my posts are uncomfortable and influential ! Thank you.

        July 24, 2011 at 9:40 am | Report abuse |
      • Dan from Chicago, IL

        Why do you like to make things uncomfortable? AND do you really think your influential?

        July 24, 2011 at 10:28 am | Report abuse |
      • Reuven Frank.

        fabulous.

        predictably, you overstate my assumed state of mind. no, you are an annoying mosquito with pretensions of being an eagle but can only get to be a gadfly

        you do not make readers uncomfortable and you are not influential (your highest ambition, obviously).
        fool.

        July 24, 2011 at 11:14 am | Report abuse |
      • salerno

        A mosquito can be powerulll and do things an elephant cannot do. Your post was a boomerang ! I am totally glad !

        July 24, 2011 at 12:47 pm | Report abuse |
      • Reuven Frank.

        last word syndrome

        July 24, 2011 at 12:59 pm | Report abuse |
      • Dan from Chicago, IL

        so you will be happy to be a mosquito on the trunk of an elephant then, huh?

        July 24, 2011 at 1:07 pm | Report abuse |
      • salerno

        The Spirit is the Biggest and the Smallest at the same time. I can assume any form I wish.

        July 24, 2011 at 1:13 pm | Report abuse |
      • Dan from Chicago, IL

        oh yea, WON'T YOU BE SURPRISED?

        July 25, 2011 at 4:37 am | Report abuse |
  4. salerno

    Jalal – You are right, women could at maximum drive a little car, but in any case, with the men supervision.

    July 21, 2011 at 2:29 pm | Report abuse |
    • cameron

      Are you joking? Did you read his entire post?

      July 21, 2011 at 9:43 pm | Report abuse |
  5. OregonTom

    Chicks like this are going to bring the middle east out of the dark ages. You go guhrl!

    July 21, 2011 at 1:00 pm | Report abuse |
    • salerno

      It is nothing new in the middle east. Women joined the military in many muslim countries even before than in USA and Europe. (Libya, Pakistan,Yemen,etc....)

      July 21, 2011 at 2:27 pm | Report abuse |
  6. salerno

    Most afghan women consider these women traitors.

    July 21, 2011 at 11:35 am | Report abuse |
  7. MicheleG

    You GO, Ladies! Good for you!

    July 21, 2011 at 11:03 am | Report abuse |
    • Dan from Detroit, MI

      A chance to kill, what a thrill!!! And how repulsive it all is!!! That's about the only thing that the right-wing thugs are good at, getting more and more people to do their killing!!!

      July 21, 2011 at 1:45 pm | Report abuse |
      • Andrew Lubin

        Thank you, Dan. I couldn't have said it better myself.

        July 21, 2011 at 2:30 pm | Report abuse |
    • Dan from Chicago, IL

      dan, does your passiveness allow you to disregard evil?

      July 22, 2011 at 2:02 pm | Report abuse |
  8. truth seeker

    about time

    July 21, 2011 at 10:53 am | Report abuse |