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Video shows arsenal of tanks seized by Taliban as terror group now control £62billion worth of abandoned military gear


A HUGE arsenal of tanks seized by the Taliban have been added to their bulging stash of arms now worth £62 billion.

Video shows row after row of tanks and other armoured vehicles parked up and being inspected by the fanatics after being captured when they defeated government forces.

The huge stash of tanks captured by the Taliban

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The huge stash of tanks captured by the Taliban
One of its fighters sitting on top of an armoured vehicle

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One of its fighters sitting on top of an armoured vehicle
Taliban special forces takeover Kabul airport after the US withdrawal yesterday

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Taliban special forces takeover Kabul airport after the US withdrawal yesterdayCredit: AFP
A Taliban fighter holding the group's flag beside a Black Hawk helcopter
A Taliban fighter holding the group’s flag beside a Black Hawk helcopter

In the video, a Taliban fighter can be seen on top of one of the vehicles panning round to show the extent of their weaponry.

Taliban fighters have also been pictured posing for snaps in abandoned fighter jets as satellite shots show the aircraft treasure trove left behind by the US in Kabul.

The grinning jihadis sat in the cockpits of gunships and rode on the bonnets of US Air Force Humvees as they strutted about the airport hours after Joe Biden’s troops finally left Afghanistan.

Taliban Badri special force fighters were pictured training on the grounds of Kabul airport while other jihadis rummaged through hangars full of discarded kit and abandoned helicopters.

In one picture, a fighter is seen taking pictures of the damaged Chinook choppers left behind, while others explore the inside of a US Air Force plane.

The Taliban now has access to billions of pounds worth of equipment, including identification devices that could alarmingly help them identify Afghans who helped coalition forces – many of whom remain stranded in Kabul.

According to US Republican Congressman Jim Banks – who served in Afghanistan as an officer in charge of supplying weapons – the group now has “more Black Hawk helicopters than 85 per cent of the countries in the world”.

“Due to the negligence of this administration, the Taliban now has access to $85billion (£62billion) worth of military equipment,” he said.

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It comes as the Taliban’s spokesman said the West’s retreat from Afghanistan should serve as a “lesson for the world”.

The group’s chief spokesman, Zabihullah Mujahid, addressed the media this morning from Kabul airport.

“Congratulations to Afghanistan… this victory belongs to us all,” he said.

“It is a historical day and a historical moment. We are proud of these moments, that we liberated our country from a great power.”

According to reports, the US is likely to have abandoned billions of dollars worth of military gear in the rush to leave Kabul.

Marine General Kenneth McKenzie, the head of U.S. Central Command, had claimed that some of that equipment had been “de-militarized” – making them inoperable.

Meanwhile, Taliban fighters celebrated the US withdrawal by firing weapons and fireworks into the skies above Kabul on Monday – as the last American soldier was pictured leaving the country.

A Pentagon spokesman confirmed that the last plane had left the country on Monday night just before midnight local time, signalling the end of America’s longest war.

Hours ahead of President Biden’s Tuesday deadline to leave, military planes carried the remaining contingent of troops from Kabul airport.

Thousands had been working tirelessly to try and evacuate Americans and Afghan refugees stranded in Kabul as the August 31 deadline loomed.

US Army Major General Chris Donahue, the commander of the 82nd Airborne Division, was pictured on a night-vision camera boarding a transport plane just before midnight on Monday.

The XVIII Airborne Corps called him the last soldier to leave Kabul.

A Taliban member takes pictures of the helicopters

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A Taliban member takes pictures of the helicoptersCredit: AFP
A Taliban fighter poses inside the cockpit of an aircraft left behind by the US military

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A Taliban fighter poses inside the cockpit of an aircraft left behind by the US militaryCredit: AFP
A satellite photo shows the trove of abandoned aircraft and vehicles at Kabul airport

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A satellite photo shows the trove of abandoned aircraft and vehicles at Kabul airportCredit: AP
Taloban fighters ride on a Humvee as its tears across the tarmac at Kabul Airport

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Taloban fighters ride on a Humvee as its tears across the tarmac at Kabul AirportCredit: Reuters
Disgarded military kit ias left strewn across an aircraft hangar at Kabul Airport

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Disgarded military kit ias left strewn across an aircraft hangar at Kabul AirportCredit: AFP
Taliban fighters walk inside an Afghan Air Force aircraft

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Taliban fighters walk inside an Afghan Air Force aircraftCredit: AFP
The US is believed to have abandoned tens of millions of dollars worth of aircraft

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The US is believed to have abandoned tens of millions of dollars worth of aircraftCredit: AFP
Taliban members keep guard of the Air Force aircraft

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Taliban members keep guard of the Air Force aircraftCredit: Reuters

Maj Gen Donahue, 52, is a two-star General with three decades of experience having served in South Korea and Panama as well as the Middle East and North Africa, according to a 2020 profile.

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He is a West Point graduate who has been deployed 17 times – and described his role as “the most enjoyable, rewarding and best job” after taking over as commander of Fort Bragg’s 82nd Airborne Division in July last year.

“In awe of our Sky Dragon Soldiers,” the unit posted on Twitter.

“This was an incredibly tough, pressurized mission filled with multiple complexities, with active threats the entire time.

“Our troops displayed grit, discipline and empathy. Below is a picture of the last soldier to leave Afghanistan.”

Gen. Frank McKenzie said the last planes took off from Kabul airport at 3:29 p.m. Washington time, or one minute before midnight in Kabul.

He acknowledged that some Americans – likely between 100 and 200 – were still in Afghanistan.

“I’m here to announce the completion of our withdrawal from Afghanistan, and the end of the military mission to evacuate American citizens, third-country nationals, and vulnerable Afghans,” he said.

“And the last manned aircraft is now clearing the airspace above Afghanistan.”

Gen. McKenzie said that he believes the Americans that were left behind will still be able to leave the country.

AMERICANS LEFT BEHIND

Secretary of State Antony Blinken said the U.S. would work with Afghanistan’s neighbors to secure their departure either overland or by charter flight once the Kabul airport re-opens.

Blinken also noted that the US Embassy in Kabul will remain shuttered and vacant for the foreseeable future.

President Biden released a statement on Monday evening applauding US service members for facilitating the mass evacuation.

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“The past 17 days have seen our troops execute the largest airlift in US history, evacuating over 120,000 US citizens, citizens of our allies, and Afghan allies of the United States,” he said.

“They have done it with unmatched courage, professionalism, and resolve. Now, our 20-year military presence in Afghanistan has ended.”

He went on to say he will address the American public to discuss why he did not extend US presence in Afghanistan on Tuesday afternoon.

FINAL FLIGHT

The closing hours of the US evacuation in Afghanistan saw American troops getting final evacuees onto planes while also getting themselves and some of their equipment out.

That came days after a suicide bomb killed 13 American service members and some 169 Afghans on Thursday.

The final pullout fulfilled Biden’s pledge to end what he called a “forever war” that began in response to the 9/11 attacks.

More than 1,100 troops from coalition countries and more than 100,000 Afghan forces and civilians died, according to Brown University’s Costs of War project.

Biden’s decision, announced in April, reflected a national weariness of the Afghanistan conflict.

In Biden’s view, the war could have ended 10 years ago with the US killing of Osama bin Laden.

CHAOTIC SCENES

The administration had planned to keep the US Embassy in Kabul open, protected by a force of about 650 US troops, including a contingent that would secure the airport along with partner countries.

Washington planned to give the now-defunct Afghan government billions more to prop up its army.

But the speed with which the Taliban captured Kabul on August 15 caught the Biden administration by surprise.

Chaotic scenes at the airport saw Afghan’s attempting to cling to a C-17 transport plane as it sped down the runway.

Now the president faces condemnation at home and abroad for his handling of a final evacuation that unfolded in chaos.

In his Monday statement, Biden doubled down on his decision to withdraw all troops by the end of August.

“I will report that it was a unanimous recommendation of the Joint Chiefs and of all of our commanders on the ground to end our airlift mission as planned,” the statement said.

‘Their view was that ending our military mission was the best way to protect the lives of our troops, and secure the prospects of civilian departures for those who want to leave Afghanistan in the weeks and months ahead.”

The division – known as the Sky Dragons – is able to deploy anywhere in the world within 18 hours in its role as the United States’ Immediate Response Force. 

The last US soldier, Army Major General Chris Donahue, is seen boarding a plane to leave Afghanistan

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The last US soldier, Army Major General Chris Donahue, is seen boarding a plane to leave AfghanistanCredit: Getty Images
The Taliban celebrated the US withdrawal from Afghanistan with gunfire and fireworks

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The Taliban celebrated the US withdrawal from Afghanistan with gunfire and fireworksCredit: News Group Newspapers Ltd
Fighters celebrated as the last US planes departed Afghanistan

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Fighters celebrated as the last US planes departed AfghanistanCredit: Reddit





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