“We now know that because of the negligence of the (President Joe Biden) administration, the Taliban now have access to more than $85 billion worth of American military equipment,” he said.
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Over the past two decades, the US trained and supplied the Afghan Armed Forces with a large amount of weaponry and equipment. The weapons were mostly confiscated by the Taliban when they took control of the country on August 15, after months of fighting.
Afghan army units have failed to put up much resistance, as extremist groups have begun to take control of key cities with many abandoning their posts and/or surrendering.
With little or no resistance, Banks said, the Taliban were able to seize any remaining military equipment, including 75,000 vehicles, 200 aircraft and helicopters, as well as 600,000 small arms and small arms.
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“The Taliban now have more Black Hawk helicopters than 85 percent of the countries in the world,” he said, as reported by Al Arabiya, Tuesday (21/9).
Even more surprising, Banks said, the Taliban also have biometric devices that have fingerprints, eye scans and biographical information on Afghans who collaborated with the US in their fight against them.