The United States and its allies began their withdrawal from Afghanistan in May after over 19 years of war against the Taliban. Washington has promised to complete the pullout by the 20th anniversary of the 9/11 terror attacks – which served as the formal pretext for the invasion of Afghanistan and the start of a global “war on terror.”
The US-equipped Afghan National Army is reportedly surrendering its military equipment and weapons to the Taliban at an alarming rate, with entire battalions of soldiers disbanding without a fight in anticipation of an imminent collapse of the government amid the ongoing US and NATO withdrawal from the country.
The outlet reports that both of the Afghan National Army’s tanks, dozens of mortar systems, and anti-aircraft guns, some of them leftovers from the Soviet-Afghan War of the 1980s, 17 122 mm D-30 towed howitzers, 141 US Navistar International trucks, 21 Oshkosh mine-resistant armour-plated vehicles, bulldozers, excavators, and other equipment are included in the Taliban’s haul.
Accompanying the report is plenty of footage posted to social media of Afghan security forces surrendering weapons and equipment to the group en masse.
Taliban militants are shown taking command of the captured vehicles in some of the videos.
The US has spent years and billions of dollars equipping the Afghan National Army and Police Force, delivering over 25,000 Humvees to the country, and providing the government with thousands of other vehicles and…