Taliban militants embarrass US forces.

Videos of Taliban militants marching on American-made vehicles, armed with US-supplied weapons and boarding American Black Hawk helicopters after the defeat of Afghan government forces have embarrassed the White House.

The Islamist rebels, who easily took control of the country after a several-month campaign, seized large quantities of weapons, equipment and ammunition from Afghan forces, which were mostly provided by Washington for the past two decades.

Social media showed Taliban militants wearing M4 and M18 rifles and M24 weapons, driving an American Humvees car and, in the video, apparently wearing American military uniforms.

The images spark a political attack on President Joe Biden over alleged mismanagement of the US withdrawal from the country after 20 years of war.

Most of the equipment was seized from Afghan forces who, in spite of two decades and tens of billions of US dollars training, accepted the capital Kabul this weekend without war.

“Obviously we don’t have a complete picture of where every piece of defense material went. But surely, a good deal fell into the hands of the Taliban,” a Taliban national security adviser said Tuesday. Jake Sullivan. .

“Careless removal”
“Obviously, we have no feeling that they will hand us over easily,” he said.

Republicans arrested him for confessing to accusing Biden.

“Thanks to Biden’s commitment, the Taliban have better facilities today than ever before,” Republican National President Ronna McDaniel said.

According to official figures, the US military has provided the Afghan army with more than 7,000 rifles, 4,700 Humvees and 20,000 bombs in recent years.

Afghans also received drones from Washington, and more than 200 planes, fixed wings and helicopters.

However, the continuation of their operation depended heavily on technical support and spare parts from the United States.

According to photos released Wednesday by Janes, security experts, about 40 Afghan military planes were flown to Uzbekistan last week to escape the oncoming Taliban, along with five black Hawks and 16 Russian Mi-17s and 10 A-29 helicopters. Super Tucano attack plane.

During its 16-month withdrawal, the Pentagon removed most of its equipment from Afghanistan and replaced it with the Afghan army.

But the equipment, which was handed over to Afghan forces now in Taliban control, has raised concerns.

Pentagon spokesman John Kirby said Wednesday the department was looking into the matter.

Minor threat
“It’s certain that we cannot accept to watch people who act contrary to Afghanistan interest possessing weapons,” Kirby told reporters.

“There are a lot of political options that can be made, and even if it includes corruption,” he said, without elaborating.

The weapons and seized vehicles only expand the Taliban’s power to a lesser extent, experts say.

“D-30 protesters and the assets of the Afghan Air Force are the most harmful weapons that the Taliban posses,” said Jonathan Schroden, director of the Crisis Responsibility Program at CNA, a secure consulting firm based in Washington.

“It is unknown at this time what he will do after leaving the post.

Even then, this makes them a direct threat to well-armed neighbors.

On the other hand, the large number of small arms and ammunition they inherited, Schroden said, could “in theory be found in many parts of the world and in various terrorist groups.”

“The best thing the United States can do at this stage is probably to work with Afghanistan’s neighbors to try to ban the shipment of all these materials across the country’s borders,” he said.


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