U.S. taxpayers donated $83 billion arms to Afghan military, now in the hands of Taliban

Badri 313: Taliban fighters are now feared to have access to up to 200,000 firearms, 20,000 Humvees and hundreds of aircraft the US donated to the Afghan army.

The US spent $83 billion in training and equipment for the Afghan military since 2001, includes $2 billion in Humvees and $147 million in Black Hawk helicopters, a report by Daily Mail. The total cost of M-4 carbine purchased for the Afghan military at $268 million for the recent years.

Taliban fighters are now feared to have access to up to 200,000 assault rifles, 64,000 machine guns, two million rounds of ammunition, 100,000 70mm rockets, 20,000 Humvees and hundreds of aircraft the US donated to the Afghan army.

Between 2004 and 2016, the US bought the Afghan military more than 358,000 rifles, including M-16s and AK-47s, and more than 64,000 machine guns. Some of the guns and ammunition are now with the anti-Taliban resistance group.

22,000 Humvees, 50,000 tactical vehicles, 1,000 mine resistant vehicles and 150 armored personnel carriers given to Afghan forces between 2003 and 2016, the according to a Government Accountability Office report published by transparency website Openthebooks.com

Between 2003 and 2016, the US donated the Afghan security forces 42,000 ‘light tactical vehicles’ – such as Ford Ranger pickups and cargo trucks – 9,000 ‘medium tactical vehicles,’ and over 22,000 Humvees.

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Aircraft likely left for the Taliban to use includes over 160 planes and helicopters, including four C-130 transport aircraft, 23 A-29 Super Tucano turboprop attack aircraft, 45 UH-60 Black Hawk helicopters and 50 MD530 choppers, according to Airforce Technology.

The U.S. military left thousands of uniforms, camouflage, night vision goggles and boots.

Members of the ‘Badri 313’ unit are shown in uniforms, boots and balaclavas with US-made rifles including the M4. Some even have night-vision goggles. It is a far cry from typical Taliban fighters patrolling in traditional salwar kameez outfits, turbans and sandals, carrying old Kalashnikov rifles.

The U.S. Marines disabled almost 73 aircraft left in the Kabul airport and rest of the aircraft is still with the Taliban terrorist.

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