Taliban militants help themselves to £62bn worth of military aircraft, weapons and more

The £62bn spoils of struggle: Taliban militants help themselves to helicopters, hi-tech radios and armoured automobiles amid ramshackle withdrawal of worldwide forces from Afghanistan

  • Hundreds of fixed-wing plane and tactical helicopters left to Taliban fighters
  • Plus a whole lot of hundreds of weapons and hundreds of armoured automobiles
  • Sandals at the moment are changed with fight boots and tailor-made camouflage uniforms

When British troopers deployed to Helmand 15 years in the past their Taliban counterparts had been shabbily wearing tattered conventional outfits and armed with decades-old Russian rifles and grenade launchers.

While they possessed guile in spades, and knew each inch of the jungle-like ‘Green Zone’ the place battles had been fought, they had been poorly outfitted and poorly educated.

Now, following the ramshackle withdrawal of worldwide forces, the Taliban has been bequeathed a £62billion bounty of military gear, together with a whole lot of fixed-wing plane and tactical helicopters, tens of hundreds of armoured automobiles and a whole lot of hundreds of weapons. 

The transformation within the group’s look and functionality may scarcely be more vivid or disturbing.

Sandals and shalwar kameez have been changed by fight boots and tailor-made camouflage uniforms.

Ancient AK47s are nowhere to be seen. Instead in the present day’s Taliban carry US Green Beret-issue M4 carbines with telescoping shares. 

The Taliban of 15 years in the past had been seldom if ever seen carrying helmets. But in the present day their headwear is more costly and more superior than that worn by most British troops.

The hundreds of thousands of weapons, vehicles, aircraft and uniforms left behind for the Taliban

The a whole lot of hundreds of weapons, automobiles, plane and uniforms left behind for the Taliban 

The group seems to have helped themselves to the state-of-the-art MBITR-2 (Multi-band Intrateam Radios) favoured by US Green Berets however denied to most typical UK personnel. They had been issued to Afghan authorities forces.

What’s more, their weapons seem immaculately clear and properly maintained, their uniforms appeared washed and ironed and they carry their weapons as British troopers are taught to carry theirs.

A UK Army officer mentioned: ‘I’m impressed, sure they’ve all of the gear however judging by appearances they could have some thought too. 

‘The Taliban have gotten a plan, excessive morale, correct gear and they’re successful.’ 

The militant group’s metamorphosis from rag-tag guerrilla drive to extremely skilled, impressively outfitted military has been on the expense of Western taxpayers.

The UK and the US have picked up the tab not just for the eye-wateringly costly {hardware}, but additionally the coaching price range – because the Taliban’s ranks have been swollen by defectors from the Afghan National Security Forces.

The irony is that the Taliban’s newfound arsenal was supposed to forestall Afghanistan falling into Taliban fingers.

US Republican Congressman Jim Banks, who collated the knowledge, revealed that the Taliban now has ‘more Black Hawk helicopters than 85 per cent of the international locations on the earth’.

Taliban militants pose with weapons at a location south of Kabul

Taliban militants pose with weapons at a location south of Kabul 

Alarmingly the group has additionally obtained biometric assortment and identification units which may help them establish Afghans who labored for coalition forces, many of whom stay trapped within the nation and might be held hostage by the Taliban. 

Mr Banks, who served in Afghanistan as an officer in cost of supplying weapons, mentioned: ‘Due to the negligence of this administration, the Taliban now has entry to $85billion (£62billion) worth of military gear.

‘Unbelievably, and unfathomable to me and so many others, the Taliban now has entry to biometric units. This administration nonetheless has no plan to get this military gear or provides again.’

US National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan admitted he didn’t have a ‘full image’ of how a lot of the lacking military stock may now be within the fingers of the enemy.

UK Defence Secretary Ben Wallace has conceded that some British military gear could also be left behind after troops fly residence. But he insisted none of it might be ‘deadly’ or ‘delicate’.

This gear, equivalent to a small quantity of automobiles, would have been flown again to Britain had been it not for the necessity to prioritise the evacuation of hundreds of susceptible Afghans and UK residents.