May 15, 2018

Rise in helicopter costs exposes Afghanistan security decline

An Afghan Commando stands guard while a helicopter flies past next to Kabul's airport

An Afghan soldier watches as a helicopter operates next to Kabul's airport. WAKIL KOHSAR/AFP/Getty Images

The cost of helicopter transports for U.S. personnel in Afghanistan is surging as a result of the deteriorating security situation in the country. A three mile ride to Kabul's airport is expected to jump to $2,250 next year, up from $1,350 currently, writes Bloomberg's Anthony Capaccio.

Why it matters: "The proposed increase reflects the cost of doing business in Kabul and the persistent danger to personnel as the Trump administration increases the U.S. military and diplomatic presence in Afghanistan," writes Capaccio. "As the country’s security situation continues to deteriorate, it’s too dangerous for Americans to drive to the airport, so helicopters are needed."

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