Taliban Seizes ‘Enormous’ Amount of Costly US Military Hardware Abandoned by Afghan Army: Report
By Oleg Burunov
On Sunday, pro-Taliban social media accounts published footage of militants posing next to US-made Black Hawk helicopters, hours after the insurgents captured the Afghan capital Kabul without a fight.
The Taliban’s* accumulation of US-supplied Afghan equipment after the fall of Kabul is enormous, the news agency AP has quoted an unnamed American defence official as confirming on Monday.
Entering the Afghan capital without a fight on Sunday, Taliban militants seized both political power and the costly US-supplied military hardware, including Humvees and Black Hawk helicopters.
Taliban terrorists have captured two more US made UH-60A+ Black Hawk helicopters of Afghanistan National Army in the Kandahar airport! One of them is fully operational while the other needs maintenance.
According to AP, the Afghan Army’s sudden and rapid collapse resulted in a situation where “the ultimate beneficiary” of the hefty American investment in the country “turned out to be the Taliban”.
Over the past twenty years, the US government has pumped about $145 billion into efforts to rebuild Afghanistan, according to the Office of the Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction, a congressional watchdog that has tracked the Afghan war since 2008.
The watchdog’s data shows that the $145 billion is part of the $837 billion the US spent on the war, and that $83 billion went to developing and sustaining Afghanistan’s Army and police forces.