The Taliban now have their hands on billions of dollars worth of high tech US war fighting equipment including helicopters, planes, biometric devises, guns, bombs and over 75,000 vehicles.
Republican Congressman Jim Banks, a veteran of the Afghanistan war, this week read out an exhaustive list of equipment.
These biometric devices, he added, “have the fingerprints, eye scans and the biographical information of the Afghans who helped us over the last 20 years”.
Current and former US officials fear that the weapons and equipment seized by the Taliban could be used on civilians or commandeered by other militant groups for use in attacks on US interests in the region. They also say the weapons and equipment could be handed over to US rivals, including China and Russia.
Michael McCaul, the top Republican on the House of Representatives Committee on Foreign Affairs said:
Tom Tugenhadt, a former British soldier and current chair of the foreign affairs committee said:
Unverified footage released by the Twitter account Talib Times this evening (Monday), which claims to be the “official news” handle of the Islamic Emirate Afghanistan, shows a man hanging from a UH-60 Black Hawk a day before the US withdraws from the country.