US planes, vehicles, weapons controlled by Taliban in Afghanistan revealed
Joe Biden, the United States President, is facing more heat over the takeover of Afghanistan by the Taliban.
Recall that after overrunning Afghan, American, NATO forces and dethroning an entire government, the jihadists movement vowed to enforce Islamic law worldwide.
Congressman Jim Banks in a speech in Washington, said the fundamentalist group now has access to $85 billion US weapons.
Banks, who is a Republican, listed 75,000 vehicles, 200 aeroplanes and helicopters, 600,000 small arms and light weapons.
The former Navy reservist made it known that the Taliban is in charge of more black hawk helicopters than 85 percent of countries around the world.
“Due to the negligence of this administration, the Taliban now has access to $85 billion, worth of military equipment”, said Banks, who served in Afghanistan as a weapons supply officer.
“Unbelievably, and unfathomable to me and so many others, the Taliban now has access to biometric devices.”
The lawmaker expressed anger that the Biden administration “still has no plan to get the weapons back”.
If any, Banks warned, “is used to harm, injure, or kill an American now or at any time in the future, the blood is on Joe Biden’s hands”.
The assets America donated to the Afghan Army are now under the control of the Taliban include 1,000 mine-resistant vehicles and 150 armoured personnel carriers.
The planes and choppers include four C-130 transport aircraft, 23 A-29 Super Tucano turboprop attack aircraft, 45 UH-60 Black Hawk helicopters and 50 MD530 choppers.
The weapons include M24 sniper rifles, M18 assault, anti-tank missiles, automatic grenade launchers, mortars and rocket-propelled grenades.
The US, between 2003 and 2016, donated 42,000 light tactical vehicles comprising Ford Ranger pickups and cargo trucks, 9,000 medium tactical vehicles, and over 22,000 Humvees.
United Kingdom Defence Secretary, Ben Wallace said British equipment that might be left in Afghanistan are not ‘lethal’ or ‘sensitive’.
UK troops are finally back home after taking part in the 20-year military campaign.
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