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The U.S. State Department has its
own air force. And it´s surprisingly big.

The Week*, by Joe Trevithick,

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Posted By:Pluperfect, 7/4/2014 4:34:26 AM

The U.S. State Department possesses just under 100 helicopters and more than 30 fixed-wing aircraft and deploys them all over the world, mostly as part of the America´s international drug war. The Bureau for International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs´ Office of Aviation — a.k.a., the INL Air Wing — employs contractors and foreign government aviators to fly these aircraft in seven countries: Afghanistan, Bolivia, Colombia, Guatemala, Iraq, Pakistan, and Peru. The main mission of the Air Wing is to assist friendly states in their own fights against illegal drugs and narco-terrorism. However, with its large fleet — larger than the air

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Reply 1 - Posted by: Trigger2, 7/4/2014 5:06:16 AM     (No. 9910519)

Oh, now I know how drugs are flown into the country unmolested.

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