US to give 146 warplanes to new Afghan air force KABUL - The United States government decided to give 146 planes to Afghanistan's National Army air force by 2016, a spokesman for Afghan Ministry of Defense (MOD) said Wednesday. The ministry praised the decision, adding that more warplanes should be given to Afghanistan in order to protect the country from any kind of threat."There is an agreement that US would give us 146 warplanes, but we are not satisfied with this. The number should increase. The planes would be used in any kind of situation," MOD spokesman Gen. Mohammad Zaher Azimi said. Strengthening the abilities of Afghanistan's air force could play a vital role in combating insurgency through the country and protecting the nation from any outside threat.According to Azimi, a clearing offensive named "Omid" will be launched by the Afghan National Army, aimed to clear insurgents throughout the country. The operation will focus on southern and eastern provinces that have witnessed insurgency throughout the year. He also added that more than 85 percent of improvised explosive devices (IEDs) are being brought to Afghanistan from neighboring countries.