Taliban maintain navy parade with U.S.-made weapons in Kabul in present of energy By Reuters
© Reuters. Taliban forces trip in a automobile throughout a Taliban navy parade in Kabul, Afghanistan November 14, 2021. REUTERS/Ali Khara
By Gibran Naiyyar Peshimam
KABUL (Reuters) – Taliban forces held a navy parade in Kabul on Sunday utilizing captured American-made armoured automobiles and Russian helicopters in a show that confirmed their ongoing transformation from an rebel pressure to an everyday standing military.
The Taliban operated as rebel fighters for twenty years however have used the big inventory of weapons and tools left behind when the previous Western-backed authorities collapsed in August to overtake their forces.
The parade was linked to the commencement of 250 freshly skilled troopers, defence ministry spokesman Enayatullah Khwarazmi stated.
The train concerned dozens of U.S.-made M117 armoured safety automobiles driving slowly up and down a serious Kabul highway with MI-17 helicopters patrolling overhead. Many troopers carried American made-M4 assault rifles.
Many of the weapons and tools the Taliban forces at the moment are utilizing are these provided by Washington to the American-backed authorities in Kabul in a bid to assemble an Afghan nationwide pressure able to combating the Taliban.
These forces melted away with the fleeing of Afghan President Ashraf Ghani from Afghanistan – leaving the Taliban to take over main navy belongings.
Taliban officers have stated that pilots, mechanics and different specialists from the previous Afghan Nationwide Military can be built-in into a brand new pressure, which has additionally began carrying typical navy uniforms instead of the standard Afghan clothes usually worn by their fighters.
In line with a report late final 12 months by the Particular Inspector Basic for Afghanistan Reconstruction (Sigar), the U.S. authorities transferred to the Afghan authorities greater than $28 billion value of defence articles and companies, together with weapons, ammunition, automobiles, night-vision units, plane, and surveillance techniques, from 2002 to 2017.
Among the plane had been flown into neighbouring Central Asian Nations by fleeing Afghan forces, however the Taliban have inherited different plane. It stays unclear what number of are operational.
Because the U.S. troops departed, they destroyed greater than 70 plane, dozens of armoured automobiles and disabled air defences earlier than flying out of Kabul’s Hamid Karzai Worldwide Airport following a chaotic evacuation operation.
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