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Taliban Using U.S. Military Equipment From Biden’s Disastrous Afghanistan Withdrawal

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The Taliban has been using U.S. military equipment left behind by the Biden administration’s notoriously disastrous withdrawal from Afghanistan last year, according to a new report.

Citing a federal audit documenting the downfall of the American-funded Afghan National Defense and Security Forces (ANDSF), Judicial Watch reported, “The Taliban is training and operating with U.S. military equipment including rifles, trucks, and helmets with night vision mounts since the Biden administration withdrew American troops from Afghanistan last year. Taliban forces even held a military parade with dozens of U.S.-provided armored vehicles and Mi-17 helicopters flying overhead.”

“When the Biden administration withdrew U.S. troops in August 2021 the ANDSF crumbled and the Taliban took over, generating images and videos of soldiers wearing U.S.-provided clothing and brandishing U.S.-provided rifles,” Judicial Watch explained.

According to a report published by the Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction (SIGAR), the “Taliban units now patrol in pickup trucks and armored vehicles likely procured by the U.S. and provided to the ANDSF.”

“Taliban special operations troops, known as Badri 313 units, wear helmets with night vision mounts likely provided by the United States, and carry U.S.-provided M4 rifles equipped with advanced gunsights,” the report added. “Khalil Haqqani, a senior Taliban leader, carried a U.S.-provided rifle as he attended prayers at a mosque in Kabul following the collapse.”

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