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The United States left the Taliban military equipment worth $ 85 billion: terrorists brag about their loot

The Taliban parade their new air force in the skies over Afghanistan, and an online video shows American-made Black Hawk helicopters flying over the streets of Kandahar. Writes about it Independent.

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By some estimates, the Taliban have more Black Hawk helicopters than 85% of the world. The United States gave up military equipment worth $ 85 billion.

"The $ 85 billion military equipment left to Taliban terrorists means that every man, woman and child in the United States has donated about $ 265 to terrorist targets, assuming there are +/- 320 million citizens in the United States," tweeted son of the 45th President of the United States, Donald Trump, Donald Trump Jr.

Unverified footage from the Talib Times Twitter account, which claims to be the "official news" agency of the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan, shows a man near UH-60 Black Hawk the day before US troops leave the country.

“Our aviation. At this time, Islamic Emirate Air Force helicopters are flying over Kandahar and patrolling the city, ”the tweet said.

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This came just days after another video showed the Taliban apparently "test drive" hijacked Blackhawk helicopters over ground at Kandahar airport in southeastern Afghanistan.

White House national security adviser Jake Sullivan said the US does not have a "complete picture" of the defense materials that have fallen into the hands of the Taliban.

“These Blackhawks were not handed over to the Taliban. They have been turned over to the Afghan National Security Forces to be able to defend themselves at the specific request of President Ashraf Ghani, ”Sullivan said.

While the administration of US President Joe Biden estimates the amount of equipment left in Afghanistan, the Taliban pose in American uniforms and high-tech equipment such as night vision goggles while driving American armored vehicles.

According to a quarterly report by the US Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction, the Afghan Air Force operated 167 aircraft destined for use in the country back in June.

This figure included 33 Black Hawks, three C-130 Hercules aircraft, 23 light attack aircraft A-19, 33 AC-208 aircraft, 43 MD-530 helicopters and 32 Mi-17 helicopters. The "total stock" is even higher - 211 aircraft, including 45 Black Hawk helicopters.

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Congressman Jim Banks, a former sales officer during the war in Afghanistan, confirmed that the US's hasty retreat left the Taliban $ 85 billion worth of equipment.

“I purchased American military equipment to arm the Afghans - you can imagine how ashamed I am that today all this equipment fell into the hands of the Taliban,” he said.

Final withdrawal of troops

On August 30, the US Army completed the withdrawal of its contingent from Afghanistan, said the head of the US Central Command Frank Mackenzie, writes Interfax.

Mackenzie said the last US warplanes had taken off from Kabul. On board is the last group of military and diplomats removed from there.

“I am announcing the completion of the withdrawal of our forces from Afghanistan and the completion of our operation to evacuate US citizens, third-country nationals, and Afghans in danger,” Mackenzie said.

The Kabul airport is the last facility in Afghanistan to be controlled by the US Army. After the completion of the withdrawal of troops, it came under the control of the Taliban.

This will mark the end of the 20-year US military presence in Afghanistan.

US President Joe Biden has said on several occasions that he is committed to bringing the evacuation operations from Kabul to an end on August 31. At the same time, he noted that the possibility of completing the US mission in Afghanistan by this date will depend on the continued coordination of efforts with the Taliban movement.

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And although it was still August 30, the United States has already announced the completion of its withdrawal from the country.

During the special operation of the military at the Kabul airport, conducted since mid-August, more than 120 thousand civilians were evacuated. Most of them are Afghans. The Taliban, for their part, promised that after August 31, people wishing to go abroad would be able to do so. At the same time, in recent weeks, Taliban leaders have called on the United States not to push Afghans to leave their homeland. The Taliban explained that Afghanistan needs highly qualified specialists, in particular, engineers, doctors, and therefore it is unacceptable for such people to leave the country en masse.

An operation at the Kabul airport in late August was targeted by ISIS terrorists. As a result of their terrorist attack, about 200 people died near the airport, including 13 US military. The US military responded by launching targeted airstrikes on ISIS leaders believed to be involved in the attack.

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