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Afghanistan US Russia Copter Deal-15

This photo taken Dec. 5, 2013 shows a car riding by the building of Rosoboronexport's headquarters in Moscow, Russia. To outfit Afghanistan's security forces with new helicopters, the Pentagon bypassed U.S. companies and turned instead to Moscow for dozens of Russian Mi-17 rotorcraft at a cost of more than $1 billion. Senior Pentagon officials assured skeptical members of Congress they'd made the right call, pointing repeatedly to a top-secret 2010 study they said named the Mi-17 as the superior choice. (AP Photo/Pavel Golovkin)