The airport in Kabul is cluttered with US military vehicles, indicating that American equipment has fallen into Taliban hands.
JOURNALISTS WHO HAVE ENTERED KABUL AIRPORT SINCE THE US WITHDRAWAL ON AUGUST 31 HAVE REMARKED ON THE LARGE STOCKPOLES OF AMERICAN EQUIPMENT LEFT BEHIND, INCLUDING MILITARY VEHICLES, ROBOTICS, AND OTHER ARMS OF WAR.
Following the US exit from Afghanistan, France 24 journalist Cyril Payen was one of the few foreign journalists authorized to record around Kabul Airport. Mr Payen captured footage of the runways, which were cluttered with helicopters and other military equipment as America depleted supplies in order to secure a quick exit from Afghanistan. It comes as footage and photographs show Taliban fighters wearing US armour and weapons, despite US soldiers leaving billions of dollars worth of equipment behind.
The US provided Afghan security forces with ammunition and combat vehicles as part of its military mission in Afghanistan, and taught soldiers on how to utilize them.
According to US government reports, more than 64,000 machine guns, 358,530 rifles, and 22,174 Humvees were delivered to Afghan security forces between 2003 and 2016.
However, as the Taliban began retaking parts of the country, they took control of a considerable amount of the equipment.
The Taliban invaded abandoned military sites and were able to seize weaponry.
Mr Payen spoke to France 24 on the situation at Kabul Airport, pointing to a fleet of helicopters that had been captured by the Taliban.
“[Kabul Airport] is completely deserted by everybody save few dogs and Taliban security,” he stated.
“It’s incredible that American forces were able to leave the nation just a few hours ago.
“They’ve left hundreds of vehicles, including these choppers, which we can see from where I’m standing.”
The Taliban had gone in and were “checking” to see what was going on in the region, according to Mr Payen.
While significant equipment was left behind, US forces claim it was “demilitarized,” meaning it was destroyed or rendered useless.
70 Mine Resistant Ambush Protected vehicles, 27 Humvees, 73 planes, and a counter rocket system were among the weaponry left behind in Kabul, according to Marine Gen Kenneth McKenzie, chief of US Central Command.
During a Pentagon conference earlier this week, Gen McKenzie claimed the planes will “never fly again,” adding, “They’ll.” Brinkwire Summary News