Three people have died in the Afghan capital Kabul after the Taliban crashed a Blackhawk helicopter left behind by US forces withdrawing from Afghanistan in 2021.
The Taliban Defense Ministry confirmed in a September 10 statement that the crash occurred during a Taliban training exercise.
“An American Black Hawk helicopter that was flying … crashed due to a technical problem on the National Defense campus during a training session. [sic] Universities,” said defense ministry spokesperson Enaytullah Khowrazmi. A spokesperson also confirmed that five people were injured during the clash.
video picture A picture of the incident, shared online by Afghan journalist Bilal Sarwari, shows a helicopter circling over the campus, seemingly losing control and plummeting to the ground as people watch.
Sarwary said the Taliban had ordered US-trained pilots who remained in Afghanistan after the withdrawal to train recruits in a pilot training programme.
“Then they lost a few helicopters on training flights. [sic] It takes years for manufacturers to deliver,” Sarwary wrote on Twitter.
The Taliban commanded some US-made aircraft after taking control of the country when US forces withdrew in August 2021, but it is unclear how many of those aircraft are in service.
US forces damaged some military equipment as they left the country to prevent Taliban soldiers from taking control of them, and Afghan forces flew several helicopters to Central Asian countries.
However, video footage and photographs soon emerged of Taliban members surrounding Blackhawk helicopters, holding American weapons such as M4 carbines and M16 rifles, as opposed to AK-47s and AKMs.
‘Poor planning and execution’
President Joe Biden says chaos from Afghanistan where 13 US servicemen were killed as they were helping screen people about to leave the country in a suicide bombing at Kabul’s Hamid Karzai International Airport. has faced criticism for its withdrawal.
ISIS terrorist groups later claimed responsibility for the attack, which left more than 160 Afghans dead. The soldier was later posthumously awarded the Purple Heart.
During the withdrawal, top Republican lawmakers demanded to know how the Pentagon planned to prevent billions of dollars worth of US weapons from falling into the hands of the Taliban.
“As a direct result of the U.S. withdrawal from Afghanistan due to the Biden administration’s poor planning and execution, the Taliban are now armed with a plethora of U.S.-made weapons. would appear to be unaware of the type and number of weapons platforms owned and operated by the United States,” (Republican Wisconsin), a key member of the National Security Subcommittee, in a letter to Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin. I am writing to
Lawmakers say the Taliban will use U.S. weapons left in the country to attack the U.S. and its allies, or to sell such weapons to foreign enemies such as China, Russia, Iran, and North Korea. I expressed my concern about whether to use it.
They also cited concerns over the seizure of biometric devices that the Taliban said could aid militant groups in “attempts to identify and ultimately persecute Afghans who aided the US mission.” But he noted that such devices “contain data such as iris scans.” , fingerprints, and biographical information,” and that “this information is likely to be used to attack U.S. allies.”
The White House previously confirmed to reporters that Biden’s national security adviser, Jake Sullivan, had admitted to reporters that a “significant amount” of US defense material had fallen into the hands of the Taliban. Press conference In 2021, it was highly unlikely that the Taliban would “hand over to us right at the airport.”
The Epoch Times has reached out to the Department of Defense for comment.
Masooma Haq and Reuters contributed to this report.