Following Afghanistan debacle, numerous videos have surfaced online showing the enormity of the amount of weapons seized by Taliban.
The New York Times reported that the Taliban have seized “hundreds of Humvees and pickup trucks they captured along with countless caches of weapons and ammunition,” which they have shown off on social media.
White House national security adviser Jake Sullivan admitted during Tuesday’s press briefing that “a fair amount” of the billions of dollars in weaponry that the U.S. provided to Afghanistan had “fallen into the hands of the Taliban.”
“And obviously, we don’t have a sense that they are going to readily hand it over to us at the airport,” he added.
The Taliban were able to make swift gains throughout the country because the US military, led by Biden, withdrew air support from the country, leaving Afghan security forces unable to operate.
Biden blamed the Afghan security forces for their losses, alleging that they were “unwilling to fight for themselves,” despite the fact that they had lost almost 70,000 soldiers fighting the Taliban and other terrorists in the nation.
Billions spent on Afghan army ultimately benefited Taliban
The AFP highlighted analysis from a terrorist expert on what the seizing of weapons means for the Taliban:
The weapons will not only help the Taliban’s march on Kabul but “strengthen its authority” in the cities it has captured, said Raffaello Pantucci, senior fellow at the S Rajaratnam School of International Studies. With US troops all but gone, the Taliban now find themselves flush with American-supplied tools, without having to raise a single penny.
“It is incredibly serious. It is clearly going to be a massive boon to them,” he said. Some of that weaponry is now being brazenly paraded ahead of the US troops’ 9/11 withdrawal deadline by insurgents who have maintained ties with Al Qaeda, the group behind the 2001 terror attacks.
The Associated Press also reported:
Built and trained at a two-decade cost of $83 billion, Afghan security forces collapsed so quickly and completely — in some cases without a shot fired — that the ultimate beneficiary of the American investment turned out to be the Taliban. They grabbed not only political power but also U.S.-supplied firepower — guns, ammunition, helicopters and more.
The Taliban captured an array of modern military equipment when they overran Afghan forces who failed to defend district centers. Bigger gains followed, including combat aircraft, when the Taliban rolled up provincial capitals and military bases with stunning speed, topped by capturing the biggest prize, Kabul, over the weekend.
A U.S. defense official on Monday confirmed the Taliban’s sudden accumulation of U.S.-supplied Afghan equipment is enormous. The official was not authorized to discuss the matter publicly and so spoke on condition of anonymity. The reversal is an embarrassing consequence of misjudging the viability of Afghan government forces — by the U.S. military as well as intelligence agencies — which in some cases chose to surrender their vehicles and weapons rather than fight.