The Taliban are now said to be in possession of around $ 85 billion in US military equipment, including 75,000 vehicles, 200 planes and helicopters and 600,000 small arms.
The Taliban gained access to $ 85 billion in US military equipment, a Republican congressman warned in a speech in Washington. Former US Navy reservist Jim Banks said the military equipment left behind includes 75,000 vehicles, 200 planes and helicopters and 600,000 small arms and light weapons. The Taliban now have more Black Hawk helicopters than 85% of the world, the congressman said. “If any of these weapons or military equipment is used to attack, injure or kill an American now or at any time in the future, the blood is on Joe Biden’s hands,” Banks added.
Other equipment seized by the Taliban include night vision goggles, bulletproof vests and medical supplies, he said.
Mr Banks says he is sure of the numbers because he worked as a military sales officer overseas, acquiring the equipment supplied by America and then handing it over to Afghan forces.
“Unfathomable to me and to so many others, the Taliban now has biometric devices that contain the fingerprints, eye scans and biographical information of all the Afghans who have helped us and have been by our side over the past 20 years. years, ”said Banks. “There is no plan from this administration to recover these weapons,” he alerted.
The speech was shared on social media by Tory MP and former soldier Johnny Mercer.
“Unbelievable. We gave them the names of those we trained to fight them. And some that we will leave behind us with the violence that we see at the airport, ”said the latter.
Already, the Taliban say they have deployed an elite unit with high-tech equipment to monitor sites in the Afghan capital.
Militant propaganda channels released a slick film of a unit called the Badri 313 Brigade, claiming it would be on the streets of Kabul guarding the presidential palace.
Slow-motion footage showed them wearing modern helmets, sunglasses, bulletproof vests and carrying rifles similar to Afghan forces.
On Thursday, it was claimed that US officials had handed the Taliban a list of names of US citizens, green card holders and Afghan allies in order to speed up their access to the airport perimeter and speed up the process. evacuation.
The move, reported by Politico, was castigated by Defense Ministry insiders, with one claiming that they had indeed handed over a “list of people to be killed”.
“It’s just appalling and shocking and makes you feel unclean,” they added.
Mr Banks was also furious at the events outside Kabul airport, saying: “The responsibility for this tragedy rests entirely on the shoulders of Joe Biden.”
“His incompetence means American blood has been shed. It was preventable and unforgivable. ”