"Botched Withdrawal": Taliban's Arms Seizures Embarrass Washington

Taliban fighters on a analeptic barter move about a bazaar area, flocked with bounded Afghan people.

Videos of Taliban fighters affectation in US-made armored vehicles, wielding US-supplied accoutrements and aggressive on American Black Hawk helicopters afterwards the defeat of Afghan government armament accept ashamed the White House.

The Islamist insurgents, who calmly captured ascendancy of the country afterwards a months-long campaign, bedeviled huge amounts of weaponry, accessories and ammunition from the Afghan armed forces, best of it supplied over the accomplished two decades by Washington.

Social media showed Taliban fighters accustomed M4 and M18 beforehand rifles and M24 assassin weapons, active about in the iconic US Humvees and, in one video, allegedly cutting US-style appropriate armament appropriate uniforms.

The images are basement a political beforehand on President Joe Biden for declared corruption of the US abandonment from the country afterwards 20 years of war.

Most of the accessories has been bedeviled from the Afghan armament who, admitting two decades of training and tens of billions of dollars from the United States, conceded the basic Kabul at the weekend after a fight.

"We don't accept a complete picture, obviously, of area every commodity of aegis abstracts has gone. But certainly, a fair bulk of it has collapsed into the easily of the Taliban," said White House Civic Aegis Advisor Jake Sullivan on Tuesday.

"Obviously, we don't accept a faculty that they are activity to readily duke it over to us," he said.

Republicans bedeviled on the acceptance to ambush on Biden.

"Thanks to Biden's adulterated withdrawal, the Taliban is bigger able today than they anytime accept been," said Republican civic armchair Ronna McDaniel.

According to official figures, the US aggressive supplied the Afghan army with added than 7,000 apparatus guns, 4,700 Humvees and 20,000 grenades in contempo years.

The Afghans accept additionally accustomed accoutrements and assay drones from Washington, as able-bodied as added than 200 aircraft, both fixed-wing and helicopters.

Their connected operation depended heavily on US abstruse abutment and parts, however. 

According to photographs appear Wednesday by Janes, the aegis specialists, some 40 Afghan aggressive aircraft were aureate into Uzbekistan over the accomplished anniversary to escape the Taliban advance, including bristles UH-60 Black Hawk and 16 Russia Mi-17 helicopters and 10 A-29 Super Tucano beforehand airplanes.

In its 16-month drawdown, the Pentagon removed huge amounts of its own accessories from Afghanistan, and handed some of it to the Afghan army.

But accouterments supplied to the Afghan armament that is now in Taliban easily has aloft concerns. 

Pentagon agent John Kirby said Wednesday that the administration is attractive at the issue.

"We acutely don't appetite to see our accessories in the easily of those who would act adjoin our interests, or the interests of the Afghan people," Kirby told reporters.

"There are abundant action choices that can be made, up to and including destruction," he said, after giving specifics. 

The captured accoutrements and cartage alone aggrandize the Taliban's admiral in bound ways, experts say. 

"The best alarming weapons the Taliban accept captured are the D-30 howitzers and Afghan Air Force assets," said Jonathan Schroden, administrator of the Countering Threats and Challenges Program at CNA, a Washington aegis consultancy.

"It is not bright that they accept the adeptness to use all of the air platforms that they accept captured, but they accept already approved the adeptness to use those howitzers," he said.

Even then, it makes them at best a bound absolute blackmail to better-armed neighbors.

On the added hand, the massive amounts of baby accoutrements and ammunition they inherited, said Schroden, could "conceivably acquisition their way to abounding altered genitalia of the apple and to a array of added agitator groups."

"Probably the best affair the US can do at this point is to assignment with Afghanistan's neighbors to try and banish the carriage of any of this accessories beyond the country's borders," he said.

(Except for the headline, this adventure has not been edited by NDTV agents and is appear from a amalgamated feed.)

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