Taliban seek to expand capabilities with US weaponry
US troops destroyed or disabled nearly 100 combat vehicles and dozens of planes before leaving Kabul airport on Monday, in a final attempt to deprive the Taliban of the use of certain US military equipment.
But now that all US forces have left Afghanistan, defense officials, lawmakers and experts who follow the flow of weapons are closely watching what happens to acres of weapons, vehicles and weapons. planes left behind are still operational and may be of use. use by the Taliban or arms traffickers.
Oryx, a blog that checks military equipment using photos and videos, has identified 38 planes, 13 helicopters and seven unmanned aerial vehicles that the Taliban captured in working order.
The total stock is probably much larger. The Taliban inherited thousands of US-supplied assault weapons and military ground vehicles, as well as other technology and equipment, including artillery pieces and night-vision goggles, another toll from the United States. withdrawal of US troops and the collapse of US-backed Afghan national security forces.
This week, videos and photographs circulated on social media showing a US UH-60 Black Hawk helicopter flying in Afghanistan, with the first such footage hinting at the Taliban’s new aerial combat capabilities.