Taliban Holds Huge Victory Parade Showing Off US Military Hardware Left Behind
The Taliban are now showing off the US military equipment — including Black Hawk helicopters, dozens of armored vehicles and weapons — left behind by US troops due to President Biden’s chaotic final exit from Afghanistan.
Islamist fighters staged victory parades Wednesday in Kandahar, Afghanistan’s second-biggest city, as they showed off the US military hardware they’ve seized.
Videos showed heavily armed Taliban fighters standing on top of a long line of captured Humvees and other tactical vehicles as they drive along a highway.
A Black Hawk helicopter even flies circles overhead.
Many Taliban militants could also be seen cradling American M16 rifles and other weapons used by US, NATO and Afghan forces during the 20-year war.
The value of the weapons and equipment abandoned by the US was not immediately known, but it is likely to be in the tens of millions of dollars and potentially arms an enemy combatant.
It also isn’t clear exactly how much military inventory the Taliban have in their possession.
The Afghan air force was operating 167 aircraft, including helicopters and planes, at the end of June.