Taliban now in possession of £61 billion worth of military equipment says US congressman

More than 200 planes and helicopters could now be in the Taliban's hands.

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.

He said:

“We now know, that due to the negligence of [President Joe Biden’s] administration, the Taliban now has access to over $85 billion [£61bn] worth of American military equipment.”

“This Includes 75,000 vehicles, more than 200 helicopters and aeroplanes, as well as more than 600,000 small arms and light weapons.

“The Taliban now have access to more Black Hawk helicopters than 85 per cent of countries in the world”

“But they don’t just have weapons. They have night-vision goggles, body armour, medical supplies and, unbelievably … the Taliban now [have] biometric devices.”

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:

“We have already seen Taliban fighters armed with US-made weapons they seized from the Afghan forces. This poses a significant threat to the United States and our allies.”

Tom Tugenhadt, a former British soldier and current chair of the foreign affairs committee said:

“This begs so many questions. This is so unnecessary, so unforced. It’s a betrayal of so much and so many.”

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.


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