After the US evacuated its troops in Afghanistan, the Taliban took over the Kabul airport and seized the Chinook helicopters left behind by the US military.
Moments after the US completed the evacuation of its troops in Afghanistan, Taliban fighters took over the Kabul airport and seized the Chinook helicopters left behind by the US military.
In videos shared by a Los Angeles Times correspondent on Twitter, Taliban fighters in uniforms and equipped with body armour, night-vision goggles and guns were seen entering the now deserted airport. They then entered a hangar to examine the Chinook helicopters of the US army.
However, reports suggested that the US military disabled a number of their choppers and armoured vehicles at the Kabul airport hangar before leaving. US Central Command head General Kenneth McKenzie said 73 aircraft that were already at Hamid Karzai International Airport in Kabul were “demilitarised” or rendered useless by the US troops before they wrapped up the two-week evacuation.
Are captured US military equipment of use to Taliban?
In a hurried end to its 20 years of war in Afghanistan, the US evacuated its last troops from the Kabul international airport on Monday night. According to estimates, more than 122,000 people have been airlifted out of Kabul since August 14, a day before the Taliban took over Kabul. Follow Afghanistan News LIVE Updates.
After taking hold of Kabul on August 15, the Taliban had seized the weapons and equipment left behind by fleeing Afghan forces. Since 2003 the United States has provided Afghan forces with at least 600,000 infantry weapons including M16 assault rifles, 162,000 pieces of communication equipment, and 16,000 night-vision goggle devices.
The current intelligence assessment was that the Taliban are believed to control more than 2,000 armoured vehicles, including US Humvees, and up to 40 aircraft potentially including UH-60 Black Hawks, scout attack helicopters, and ScanEagle military drones, an official told Reuters.
“We have already seen Taliban fighters armed with US-made weapons they seized from the Afghan forces. This poses a significant threat to the United States and our allies,” Representative Michael McCaul, the top Republican on the US House of Representatives Foreign Affairs Committee, told Reuters in an email.
Badri 313 unit: Taliban show off ‘special forces’ in propaganda blitz
US suspends diplomatic presence in Kabul, moves embassy to Qatar