A US general said he would not respond to reports that Taliban members had captured US military weapons and vehicles.
Last week’s photos and video footage showed a large cache of weapons, including the M-16 rifle and hamby, commanded by the Taliban, which is considered a terrorist organization by some governments. Members of the Taliban were seen carrying American-made M-4 carbines and M-16 rifles that were abandoned by Afghan military units.
Maj. Gen. Hank Taylor when asked about the captured military equipment and weapons, and whether the U.S. military was trying to prevent them from falling into the hands of the group. answered: “There is no answer to that question.”
American rifles are more accurate and have a wider range than the AK-47 style rifles used by the Taliban, but the AK-47 is considered easier to clean and more durable. However, the 5.56mm NATO ammunition used by American weapons is plentiful and available to American private gun owners.
There were reports that members of the Taliban captured a military helicopter. One video appeared to show a helicopter captured by the Taliban, which provides air support.
Q: “Are the United States taking other types of measures to prevent other military-equipped aircraft from falling into the hands of the Taliban?”
Maj. Gen. Hank Taylor: “I have no answer to that question.”
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The Taliban in Afghanistan proved to be a good force due to its small number, unsophisticated weapons, and lack of air power. U.S. intelligence has significantly underestimated its range of dominance, and even after President Joe Biden announced in April that he would withdraw all U.S. forces, intelligence agencies were so brilliant in Tullivan’s final attack. I didn’t expect it to succeed.
The International Committee of the Red Cross said thousands of people were injured in the fighting as the Taliban recently swept the country across Afghanistan. But in many places, security forces and politicians handed over their states and bases without fighting, perhaps fearing what would happen if the last U.S. military withdrew as planned at the end of the month. ..
As President Joe Biden did, NATO Secretary-General Jason Stoltenberg said the rapid collapse of the country’s government was due to the failure of Afghanistan’s leadership. But the alliance must also reveal flaws in its efforts to train Afghan troops, he added.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.