Taliban hold military parade with US-made weapons in Kabul to show their strength
The parade was linked to the graduation of 250 freshly trained soldiers, Defense Ministry spokesman Enayatullah Khwarazmi said.
The exercise involved dozens of American-made M117 armored security vehicles slowly ascending and descending a major road in Kabul with MI-17 helicopters patrolling above us. Many soldiers carried American-made M4 assault rifles.
Most of the weapons and equipment that the Taliban forces now use are those provided by Washington to the US-backed government in Kabul for the purpose of building an Afghan national force capable of fighting the Taliban.
These forces dissolved with the flight of Afghan President Ashraf Ghani from Afghanistan, leaving the Taliban to seize important military assets.
Taliban officials said pilots, mechanics and other specialists from the former Afghan National Army would be integrated into a new force, which also began wearing conventional military uniforms in place of traditional Afghan clothing normally worn by their fighters.
According to a report released late last year by the Special Inspector General for the Reconstruction of Afghanistan (Sigar), the US government transferred more than $ 28 billion worth of items and services to the Afghan government. defense systems, including weapons, ammunition, vehicles, night vision devices, aircraft and surveillance systems, from 2002 to 2017.
Some of the planes were flown to neighboring Central Asian countries fleeing Afghan forces, but the Taliban inherited other planes. We do not yet know how many are operational.