NEWS An American F-16 was hit by small-arms fire over Afghanistan

An American F-16 took fire over Afghanistan last Tuesday, forcing the pilot to make an unscheduled landing. The Pentagon did not disclose the incident until media reports emerged. According to Pentagon spokesman Capt. Jeff Davis, the plane was hit by small-arms fire, damaging one of the plane’s stabilizers. That forced the pilot to jettison two external fuel tanks and three pieces of munitions before landing safely.