KABUL — After its hostile takeover by Afghanistan, the Taliban have now got hold of the $85 million worth of weapons left behind by the western superpower, said Donald Trump Jr., son of former U.S. President, Donald Trump.
He also took a jibe at the Democratic Party of U.S. President Joe Biden.
“Each and every man, woman, and child in American contributed about $265 to their terrorist cause assuming +/-320 mil citizens. Well done, Democrats,” he tweeted.
Trump Jr. mentioned that the U.S. was leaving behind arsenals and ammunitions like 22,174 humvees, 8,000 trucks, 634 MIII7, 162,043 radios, 155 MxxPro mine-proof vehicles, 16,035 night-vision goggles/devices, 169 armored personnel carriers, 358,530 assault rifles, 42,000 trucks and SUVs, 126,295 pistols, 64,363 machine guns, 176 artillery pieces, 33 Mi-17 and as many UH-60 Blackhawk helicopters, four C-130 transporters, 23 Embraer EMB 314/A29 Super Tucano, 43 MD530 choppers, 28 Cessna 208, and 10 Cessna AC-208 planes, reported the local media.
Trump Jr. pointed towards the Biden government over the stranded U.S. citizens in Afghanistan.
“The Biden administration didn’t just abandon Americans in Afghanistan. They even abandoned hard-working service dogs!!!” tweeted Trump Jr.
The U.S. troops have left behind all this equipment as taking them back to the country is not an economic task. At the same time, National Security Adviser Jake Sullivan had also stated that the Taliban probably would not give such material back to the U.S. at the airport.
A few days earlier, several videos had gone viral over social media of what appears to be people from Afghanistan.
In the video, a man displays hundreds of bundles of U.S. dollars stored in a room. He is also seen opening one of the bundles and displaying the U.S. currency.
In another clip, several purported Taliban members are seen strolling inside a room filled with ammunition. They were displaying weapons and seemed to be proud to have captured them.
The Taliban have captured the U.S. military’s biometric devices compromising crucial data of the U.S. Army and the local Afghans who played crucial roles during the war, as per local media reports.
The devices, known as HIIDE, for Handheld Interagency Identity Detection Equipment, were seized in mid-August during the Taliban’s offensive, according to a Joint Special Operations Command official and three former U.S. military personnel, all of whom worried that the Taliban could use sensitive data they contain.
Since its ouster in 2001, the Taliban has maintained its insurgency against the U.S.-led mission in Afghanistan and the Afghan government. As U.S. troops have withdrawn in 2021, the group has rapidly expanded its control, positioning itself for a return to power.
(With inputs from ANI)
Edited by Saptak Datta and Ritaban Misra
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