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    Taliban Struck US F-16 Jet in Rare Fire Attack in Afghanistan

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    A US F-16 was hit by Taliban militants in eastern Afghanistan. The incident occurred in eastern Paktia province, when surface-to-air fire hit one of the aircraft’s stabilizers.

    The attack occurred on 13th October with the jet sustaining heavy damage. The pilot had to jettison two fuel tanks and three munitions bays before returning to base. The pilot was safe sustaining no injuries.

    The militant group claimed they had downed the jet posting on Twitter that evening, but when contacted for comment, the US military initially said it had no "operational reporting to support the Taliban claims," AFP reported.

    However, after presented with the images obtained by the AFP, US military confirmed the incident.

    The latest generation of the F-16 has a price tag of more than $100 million per jet.

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