Taliban forces held a army parade in Kabul on Sunday utilizing captured American-made armoured autos and Russian helicopters in a show that confirmed their ongoing transformation from an rebel power to a daily standing military.
The Taliban operated as rebel fighters for twenty years however have used the massive 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 educated troopers, defence ministry spokesperson Enayatullah Khwarazmi stated.
The train concerned dozens of US-made M117 armoured safety autos driving slowly up and down a significant 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 equipped by Washington to the American-backed authorities in Kabul in a bid to assemble an Afghan nationwide power able to preventing the Taliban.
These forces melted away with the fleeing of Afghan President Ashraf Ghani from Afghanistan – leaving the Taliban to take over main army 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 power, which has additionally began carrying standard army uniforms rather than the normal Afghan clothes usually worn by their fighters.
In accordance with a report late final yr by the Particular Inspector Normal for Afghanistan Reconstruction (Sigar), the US authorities transferred to the Afghan authorities greater than $28 billion value of defence articles and companies, together with weapons, ammunition, autos, night-vision gadgets, plane, and surveillance methods, 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 US troops departed, they destroyed greater than 70 plane, dozens of armoured autos and disabled air defences earlier than flying out of Kabul’s Hamid Karzai Worldwide Airport following a chaotic evacuation operation.