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US Black Hawk Helicopters Captured by Taliban as ‘Horrified’ Senators Demand DOD Audit

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Likely billions of dollars of American weapons and vehicles are now in the hands of the Taliban extremist group after the collapse of the Afghan government and army, with numerous videos and photos surfacing online showing Taliban members seizing the equipment.

Photos have circulated of Taliban members holding American M-4 carbines and M-16 rifles rather than AK-47s or AKMs. Other images and videos showed the Taliban surrounding U.S. Black Hawk helicopters and A-29 Super Tucano attack aircraft.

On Wednesday, several GOP senators demanded the Department of Defense (DOD) provide full accounting over the weapons and equipment that were captured by the Taliban, considered by several agencies as a terrorist organization.

“As we watched the images coming out of Afghanistan as the Taliban retook the country, we were horrified to see U.S. equipment—including UH-60 Black Hawks—in the hands of the Taliban,” Sens. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.), Bill Cassidy (R-La.) and two dozen other senators wrote to Pentagon chief Lloyd Austin this week.

“It is unconscionable that high-tech military equipment paid for by U.S. taxpayers has fallen into the hands of the Taliban and their terrorist allies,” the Republicans added. “Securing U.S. assets should have been among the top priorities for the U.S. Department of Defense prior to announcing the withdrawal from Afghanistan.”

Some experts said that the Taliban capture of U.S. hardware has more of a psychological impact—rather than a practical impact.

“When an armed group gets their hands on American-made weaponry, it’s sort of a status symbol. It’s a psychological win,” said Elias Yousif, deputy director of the Center for International Policy’s Security Assistance Monitor, according to The Hill.

Yousif said the development is problematic for a number of reasons.

“Clearly, this is an indictment of the U.S. security cooperation enterprise broadly,” he added. “It really should raise a lot of concerns about what is the wider enterprise that is going on every single day, whether that’s in the Middle East, Sub-Saharan Africa, East Asia.”

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Military vehicles transferred by the U.S. to the Afghan National Army in February 2021. (Afghanistan Ministry of Defense/via Reuters)
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Taliban stand guard at an entrance gate outside the Interior Ministry in Kabul, on Aug. 17, 2021. (Javed Tanveer/AFP via Getty Images)

The Office of the Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction, established by Congress in 2008, has said that about $83 billion was spent on developing and sustaining the Afghan police and army over two decades. Between 2003 and 2016, the United States transferred nearly 600,000 weapons, 76,000 vehicles, 163,000 communication devices, 208 aircraft, and surveillance and reconnaissance equipment to the Afghan forces, said a 2017 Government Accountability Office report.

Between 2017 and 2019, the United States provided Afghan army forces with 4,702 Humvees, 2,520 bombs, 1,394 grenade launchers, 20,040 hand grenades, and 7,035 machine guns, said the Office of the Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction.

Yousif told The Hill that it’s likely the Taliban would be able to use advanced aircraft or weaponry but stressed they won’t be able to keep the aircraft in the air for long.

“They may be able to manage a flight or two or to operate them in some really limited capacity in the short term, but without long-term sustainment, maintenance, servicing, that sort of thing, it wouldn’t turn into a robust or useful military capability,” he said. “It took the Afghans and the United States a long time to develop an indigenous air capability, and even then, they were reliant on the United States to keep those planes in the sky.”

Small arms like M-16s, he said, are of more concern.

“They are easy to maintain, easy to learn how to use, easy to transport,” Yousif told the outlet. “The concern for all small arms is that they are durable goods and they can be transferred, sold. We’ve seen this before where a conflict ends and the arms that stay there make their way to all parts of the world.”

When pressed for comment, White House officials said that it’s not clear how many weapons or vehicles were seized.

“We don’t have a complete picture, obviously, of where every article of defense materials has gone, but certainly a fair amount of it has fallen into the hands of the Taliban,” White House national security adviser Jake Sullivan told reporters on Tuesday. “And obviously, we don’t have a sense that they are going to readily hand it over to us at the airport.”

And Sullivan made reference to the Black Hawk helicopters that were taken, blaming the Afghan army for not defending themselves.

“Those Black Hawks were not given to the Taliban,” he said. “They were given to the Afghan National Security Forces to be able to defend themselves at the specific request of [Afghan] President [Ashraf] Ghani, who came to the Oval Office and asked for additional air capability, among other things.”

Reprinted with Permission from - Epoch Times by - Jack Phillips

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Chick
1 month ago

The Marine Lt. COL, CALLING FOR ACCOUNTABITY, IS RIGHT!

Ron
1 month ago

Army generals should be court martialed. Prison.

ColoradoCommish
1 month ago

Send the bill to Joe Biden and the Democrats so they can pay the American Taxpayer back

Rich
1 month ago

Should have bombed it all or blown it up. No time for that? We still have drones and military aircraft that WE fly. The problem was, our illustrious “president” actually believed the Taliban. So sorry!

Russell smith
1 month ago

Is Biden a dumbass or what?!!!!!!! He and his family are certainly getting some sort of kickback as they do not operate without some sort of criminal activities. Also he could care less about all of the Afghanistan’s that are going to die or become sex slaves. I hope all of those that voted for that decrepit old man are super happy now and how about the price of gas, utilities, food, housing and everything that has become very inflated since he became president and this is without any of his tax increases he has in the hopper.

Rich
1 month ago
Reply to  Russell smith

So true Russell. But they sure know how to blame everyone else for their screw ups. And die hard democrats actually BELIEVE them! Incredible!!

Allen
1 month ago

Most people don’t seem to realize that it is too late to fix the Federal government. The lunacy is pervasive and ingrained. The saddest part of all of this is the reality that the military is no longer loyal to the Constitution. They are loyal to the Globalist elites who are nothing less than outright criminals.

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Charleen Krasnay
2 months ago

No new spending!!!! Take the money from the fool’s wish list passed for 4 T$Dems have an excess of fool spending buried in that bill, take it out of their budget demands. Their demented leadership lost our equipment; YOU BROKE IT, U BOUGHT IT!

Hal
2 months ago

The sidin’ with the Taliban is beginning to widen political chidin’ against White House residin’ Joe Hidin’ Biden. He is slidin’ in the polls with a lot of DemocRats. I sense a gathering panic in Commie DemocRats thinking as Biden has his approval numbers slidin’ down. Biden is a tragic joke that isn’t funny on our Nation!!!

Rich
1 month ago
Reply to  Hal

They may have a plan to replace him.

Mary
1 month ago
Reply to  Rich

He should be court marshaled since he is the commander in chief. Problem is we will end up with Harris who is even worse. 3rd in line is Pelosi.

Hal
2 months ago

With DemocRats in control of upper level government, the Nation is about as close as it can get to a version of Communism without outright bloody revolution to get a Constitutional Democracy back in place..

Roger
2 months ago

Seems to me that Joe is providing material support to the enemy…

Duane
2 months ago
Reply to  Roger

Agree 100%

Charleen Krasnay
2 months ago
Reply to  Roger

Colluding is treasonous and he should be hung

Rich
1 month ago

Problem is…..Joe doesn’t know they are the enemy.

Dede
2 months ago

Russia is in with the Taliban so guess who will have all our equipment ! And don’t blame Tramp , he never would of let this mess of ever happened !

Hal
2 months ago
Reply to  Dede

If the Taliban falls to the charms of the Ruskies, they will find out that they have been taken to be doing the Ruskies dirty work at a National World level.

Dede
2 months ago

The American government and pentagon are so stupid , our equipment and guns should Never have been give to these evil people in the first place !

Hal
2 months ago
Reply to  Dede

That’s the kind of decision making you get when the DemocRat Commies are in charge. I wonder, oher than Biden and his family, who got financial related kickbacks for that action. Heck, Obama dropped millions of dollars to the Iranians on the airport in Iran. Bidens Puppet masters have probably set Biden up in a more subtle position.

Rich
1 month ago
Reply to  Dede

Don’t worry, the Taliban will make good use of it.

Felix
2 months ago

How come we keep hearing reports that our Social Security and Medicare are due to run out of money, yet our Federal Government allows this kind of waste of money without any accountability?
Oh, that’s right, we need to “build back better”. the Taliban.

Rich
2 months ago

Merry Christmas Taliban, you are now the most well equipped terrorist organization on the planet. After this gift, they surely wouldn’t stay our enemy. Would they?

Tim D.
2 months ago

Way to go Joe! Just build up the Taliban military any way you can! Knock-off the phony compassion and ACT like a LEADER. Take back what is ours and set the Afghan people free from these terrorists! Oh, that’s right… anything Trump accomplished in the Middle East is fair game for cancellation on your part! You won(technically)! Now BE A LEADER and LEAD!

wesley b headley
2 months ago
Reply to  Tim D.

Not going to happen, look at our BORDER,, ANY ENEMY CAN GET IN..

Brian
2 months ago

JoeB is a Chinese Lacky!

mkedave
2 months ago

When I was in the Army, we were told that we were financially responsible for every item that was issued to us. Does this make a Kevlar helmet more valuable than a Blackhawk helicopter?

Rich
2 months ago
Reply to  mkedave

Why can’t we develop a system that would render our hardware unuseable when we abandon it? Blow it up, or, all that would be necessary is to remove a major component and then, scrap material. I realize we didn’t have time, but maybe next time.

Varmet
1 month ago
Reply to  Rich

We had time they just fudged up. Not leaving our military equipment behind with our Americans and people who served our country was a MAJOR screw up. Who in their right mind would think that could’ve turned out well?? Now Taliban has all of it and we aren’t getting it back! We should make the geniuses that decided that this was a good idea pay for our loss..we paid for this and they crapped it away to the enemy! #Disgusted#

HocasPocas
1 month ago
Reply to  Rich

Next time????????? Get your head out of the sand or whatever it may be

Adam
2 months ago

Talk is cheap one of our great President Trumps Trump cards. I dont know about you guys but after that election l knew war had begun and ever since l have been doing what l can but also holding true to our spirit. Almighty god is at work and as long as we stay true to ourselves our beliefs we will prevail. Failure to do so means failure of our belief

Oskar
2 months ago
Reply to  Adam

Adam said our great president truimph all this confusion set by his negotiation n agreement with taliban when he braise them great people n want compensate them all this mess , Anger n hate crimes left ex president he should be accountable billions n billions missing from treasury dept n nobody know where that money go he should be accountable

HocasPocas
1 month ago
Reply to  Oskar

No speak English ?

Wanda
2 months ago

If you cannot take them, then you blow them up and render them useless to our enemies and make no mistake, the Taliban is our enemy. I am concerned as to how many of these will infiltrate the Afghans coming to America.

Michael
2 months ago

Democrats gave military weaponry to terrorists. Democrats want to take my weapons from me. We are at war!

wesley b headley
2 months ago
Reply to  Michael

DEMS HAVE A VERY BIG PROBLEM. AMERICANS DO NOT LIKE COMMUNISTS.

Oskar
2 months ago

Micheal. No communism in America that is the way GOP brain wash those uneducated rural group in USA To grab the power n divide Americans into groups
We know those racist who attack our capital Jan 6

Todd Wagner
2 months ago

DOD audit my a$$ how about a complete forensic audit of the twenty twenty election!

Rich
2 months ago
Reply to  Todd Wagner

The socilists don’t care how much money was lost in Afghanistan, they just go to the imaginary black hole of money and get some more trillions. The pit is never ending! At least they think so.

wesley b headley
2 months ago
Reply to  Rich

That spending has to stop immediately.

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