Millions of dollars’ worth of U.S. military equipment – including sophisticated aircraft and armoured vehicles given to the Afghan Army – is now in the hands of the Taliban in Afghanistan
The Taliban has one of the World’s best-equipped terror armies with millions of pounds worth of new military hardware from the US.
Among the incredible haul are more than two million 7.62 bullets for AK47 assault rifles, worth over a million pounds – plus military vehicles.
They have A-29 light attack aircraft worth £17 million and 100,000 70mm rockets, which saturate areas with human shredding-explosions.
Nearly 61,000 40mm high-explosive rounds have fallen into Taliban hands and for al-Qaeda training camps will have plenty of blank bullets.
The Taliban have pilfered 4.72million 5.56 blank training cartridges – enough to put several regiments through their paces.
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And they have even scooped up 89,000 combat, pristine new shirts worth around £3million, to be sold on or to kit out the Taliban army.
The gear is just the brand new equipment that the US supplied to the Afghan Army earlier this year.
Within weeks it has fallen into enemy hands amid claims of widespread human rights breaches by the Taliban.
Added to that new haul is the billions of pounds of equipment the Taliban has that American brought into the country over the past 20 years.
But the weapons boost means the west faces increased attacks.
Colonel Richard Kemp, former commander of British forces in Afghanistan, told the Daily Mirror: “Britain will face more terrorist attacks.
“The ungoverned space of Afghanistan will be used by the Taliban’s partners al-Qaeda and the tallies of equipment now being revealed are deeply disturbing.
“It means we are now facing a very well equipped terrorist army in Afghanistan that is being run by the new rulers of Afghanistan and that should concern us all.
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“The Taliban is now fully-armed and in control of the entire country – and the west has left this equipment for them to help themselves.
“I am not sure what could have done about it as this was given to the Afghan Army and you cannot withdraw the equipment whilst they were fighting the Taliban.
“But it is a deep concern that this weaponry will be used against us.”
A source said: “Looking at this latest tally of new weaponry – distributed to the Afghan Army just a few weeks ago, many western military people may rightly be quite shocked.
“In some cases this means the new Taliban army soldiers, such as they are, are better -equipped than many soldiers serving in the legitimate armies of their home countries.
“And if this equipment is not usable by the Taliban, it appears they are already shipping I abroad, either to other terror groups or to be sold on the black market.
“An awful lot of very deadly equipment whose sold purpose is to kill and maim human beings has fallen into the hands of the world’s most dangerous and capable terrorists.”
Although there is no complete information about what the Taliban has taken under its control, a recent report reveals that millions of dollars’ worth of U.S. military equipment – including sophisticated aircraft and armoured vehicles given to the Afghan Army – is now in the hands of the militant group.
List below reads aircraft / total / usable
A-29 / 23 / 23
AC-208 / 10 / 10
C-208 / 23 / 23
C-130 (Hercules) / 4 / 3
Mi-17 / 56 / 32
MD-530 / 50 / 43
UH-60 (Black Hawk) / 45 / 33
TOTAL: 211 / 167
* As of June 30, 2021
Major equipment items provided to the Afghan National Army, between April 30–June 30, 2021
A-29 SUPER TUCANO:
Light attack aircraft
Carries a wide variety of weapons, including precision-guided munitions.
Was designed to be a low-cost system operating in low-threat environments.
Expanded capacity armament carrier
Lightweight, high-performance, four-wheel drive, air-transportable and air-droppable, tactical-wheeled vehicle.
List below reads type / description / units / unit / cost / total
Aircraft / A-29 light attack aircraft / 6 / $22.25M / $133.51M
Vehicle / M1151 / HMMWV / 174 / $238,500 / $41.5M
Parts / Diesel Engines / 84 / $37,433 / $3.14M
Parts / Hydraulic transmissions / 304 / $7,697 / $2.34M
Ammunition / 2.75inch (70mm) rockets / 99,696 / $1,906 / $18.48M
Ammunition / 40mm / high-explosive rounds / 60,840 / $75 / $4.56M
Ammunition / .50 caliber cartridges / 884,880 / $3.20 / $2.7M
Ammunition / 7.62mm cartridges / 2.01 million / $0.75 / $1.51M
Ammunition / 5.56 blank training cartridges / 4.72 million / $0.22 / $1.04M
Uniform / Shirts, various sizes / 88,709 / $41 / $3.6M