The Taliban is furious that the US has left behind decommissioned helicopters in Afghanistan, calling it a “betrayal.”
TALIBAN terrorists are reportedly enraged when it was revealed that the majority of military equipment left behind by US forces in Afghanistan is unfit for use.
Following Joe Biden’s decision to press through with the troop withdrawal after 20 years of fighting, the US military was compelled to abandon several helicopters and heavy-duty equipment.
The terror group “now has access to $85 billion [£62 billion] worth of military weapons,” according to Jim Banks, a US Republican Congressman who served in Afghanistan.
The director of the US military’s Central Command, Marine General Frank McKenzie, has now revealed that US troops disabled 27 Humvees and 73 aircraft before departing the region.
Up to 48 aircraft are believed to be still operating in Afghanistan, but the exact number is unknown.
According to an Al Jazeera correspondent on the ground at Kabul airport, the Taliban had “expected the Americans to leave helicopters like this in one piece for their use.”
“When I asked them, ‘Why do you think the Americans would have left everything operational for you?’ they replied, ‘Why do you think the Americans would have left everything operational for you?’
“They said it’s because we believe it’s a national asset, and we’re in charge now, and this could have been very useful to us.”
“They are upset, angry, and betrayed since all of this stuff is broken beyond repair,” she continued.
Some of the most deadly planes and helicopters had propellers and weaponry removed by US military personnel.
Other planes were left stranded on the tarmac, their fuselages and wheels missing.
The majority of the flying equipment was developed in the 1980s and requires ongoing maintenance in order to fly.
A huge fleet of aircraft was also rerouted to a location in Uzbekistan by the US military.
Before the extremist group took control of Kabul, more than 40 aircraft, including 24 helicopters, were flown out of the country.
On August 31, the US military completed its evacuation mission from Afghanistan, rescuing almost 120,000 individuals, including 5,500 Americans.
Taliban gunmen have since posed in front of the Kabul airport with US-made weapons such as M16 assault rifles and helicopters.
The Taliban have also obtained tactical equipment such as night-vision goggle mounts, plate carriers, and camouflage outfits.
Since then, Pentagon spokesperson John Kirby has downplayed any concerns.
He told CNN on Monday, “They may inspect.” Brinkwire Summary News