Taliban parade new weapons seized from Afghan military as U.S. KABUL, Afghanistan — The Taliban have showed off containers filled with weapons and military hardware seized from the Afghan military as American forces withdraw from the country and therefore the militants march across the country.
The weaponry includes 900 guns, 30 light tactical vehicles and 20 army pickup trucks, consistent with NBC News’ U.K. partner Sky News, which was granted access to the Sultan Khil military base within the Wardak province on the brink of the Afghan capital, Kabul.
District after district has fallen to the Taliban. The militants have seized 120 districts since May Day , consistent with an ongoing assessment by the Long War Journal. The map may be a moving patchwork, but eventually count the Taliban controlled 193 districts and contested 130, while 75 were under the control of the govt or are undetermined, consistent with the publication, which reports on the worldwide war on terror and may be a project of the inspiration for Defense of Democracies, a hawkish Washington think factory .
Taliban parade new weapons At an equivalent time, many military outposts are surrendered without a fight, allowing the Taliban to seize weapons, consistent with multiple Afghan military and government sources.
Taliban parade new weapons Sky News filmed fighters carrying new weapons seized from the bottom , where a flag of truce signifying the Taliban takeover was flying.
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Walking around wooden boxes filled with munitions — some still wrapped in plastic and Styrofoam — Taliban commander Mutman Ehsanulla told Alex Crawford of Sky News that the seizure had won them a slew of latest weapons that would be used on the battlefield. Still, he repeated a Taliban point that it is not the militants who are behind a recent upsurge in violence.
“All people want peace here,” Ehsanulla said. “But the govt doesn’t want peace with us.”
A surge of violence, including attacks on intellectuals, journalists and prominent women, has heightened anxiety about what the longer term holds within the battle-scarred country. The Taliban, which U.S. forces toppled in 2001 after the group sheltered Osama bin Laden , architect of the 9/11 attacks, have denied all responsibility for the attacks.
Taliban parade new weapons A recent United Nations report raised alarm about an “extraordinary levels of harm” inflicted on Afghans, with the Taliban liable for quite 40 percent of all civilian casualties within the first three months of 2021. It said the Afghan National Army was liable for 17 percent of all casualties during an equivalent period.
Still, the Taliban has won the support of some Afghans who are weary after decades of war and of the U.S.-backed government in Kabul, which is widely accused of being riddled with corruption.
The Taliban resurgence is growing after months of largely fruitlesspeace talks between the military unit and therefore the Afghan government. With the Taliban growing stronger by the day, there are fears about the group’s willingness to chop any deals with the govt in Kabul.
In April, President Joe Biden pledged to withdraw U.S. troops from Afghanistan by Sept. 11, ending America’s longest war, which has claimed the lives of around 2,300 U.S. troops since 2001. From 2001 to 2018, some 58,000 Afghan military and police were killed within the violence, consistent with a study by Brown University .
Taliban parade new weapons But the withdrawal comes amid fears it could set the country on a path to a war , voiced by the U.S.’s top general in Afghanistan, Austin S. Miller, last week.
Taliban parade new weapons The U.S. remains performing on agreements to base counterterrorism forces within the region and evacuate Afghan interpreters who could face retribution from the Taliban.
On Sunday, the Taliban said it’s not putting any restrictions on media or women in what they call “newly liberated areas” that they capture. But there are fears about what the longer term holds for Afghanistan’s women because the Taliban resurge. Sky News reported that no women appeared publicly within the Taliban-controlled area within the Wardak province once they visited. Multiple reports indicate that the militants are clamping down on women and girls’ freedoms and their ability to travel to high school in areas the militants control.
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Taliban parade new weapons In Kabul, just an hour’s drive from the seized base in Wardak, a senior Afghan commander pledged to recapture the territories lost to the Taliban.
Taliban parade new weapons Gen. Haibatullah Alizai, the commander of Special Operations Command of the Afghan National Army, told NBC News they’re still on top of things of the larger cities, important highways and important border points across the country. most vital , he said they need secured Kabul to stop the Taliban from laying siege to the capital and isolating its supply routes.
“We will fight them and that we will push them back,” Alizai said. “We are getting to try our greatest to save lots of this country.”
Taliban parade new weapons The elite troops trained by American Special Ops are now completing around 100 operations each day , about 90 percent of the combat missions, consistent with Alizai.
But the Taliban’s biggest gain thus far appears to be psychological.
Image: Afghan soldiers stand watch at the gate of Bagram U.S. air base, on the day the last of yank troops vacated it, Parwan province, Afghanistan
Afghan soldiers stand watch at the gate of Bagram U.S. air base, on the day the last of yank troops vacated it on Friday. Mohammad Ismail / Reuters
Last week, American troops quietly left the Bagram Airbase, once a bustling center that saw quite 100,000 U.S. troops undergo its gates, during a huge morale boost for the Taliban with all Islamic extremists presenting the U.S. pullout as a serious victory.
Alizai said he remained committed to not allowing Afghanistan to once more become a magnet for al-Qaeda and other extremists.
“They are coming, and Afghanistan are going to be a graveyard for them also ,” he said.