As the nation grows in anger over the Biden administration’s failure to safety evacuate Americans from Afghanistan, some have pointed out something else Biden has left behind — $85 billion of military gear, including a new video of a Taliban member flying a Blackhawk helicopter.
A Twitter video shows at least THREE American Blackhawk helicopters in use by the Taliban. Interestingly, Twitter makes users tap on the video, labeling it “sensitive.”
#BREAKING: #Taliban has started using the UH-60A+ Blackhawk helicopters of #Afghanistan National Air Force which they captured on #Kandahar on 23 August 2021. They have now at-least three operational UH-60A+ helicopters there. (Credit: Jahid Jalal) pic.twitter.com/p1mQumgPHW
— Babak Taghvaee – Μπάπακ Τακβαίε – بابک تقوایی (@BabakTaghvaee) August 25, 2021
The $85 billion amount is from a Department of Defense data analysis of U.S. weapons provided for Afghan security forces since 2003. The reality is that no one knows how many weapons, how much ammunition and other gear the Taliban now have access to due to Biden’s failed exit plan. But images circulating on social media prove the Taliban has gained enormous amounts of US military guns, ammunition, grenades, rocket launchers, Humvees, and helicopters.
Indiana Republican Rep. Jim Banks tweeted, “The Taliban now has access to over $85 billion worth of American military equipment. That includes 75,000 vehicles; over 200 airplanes and helicopters; over 600,000 small arms and light weapons…”
He added, “The Taliban now has more Blackhawk helicopters than 85% of the countries in the world.”
Banks then said, “If any American is harmed or killed and not safely evacuated, or if any of this military equipment or weapons are used to harm or kill an American, the blood is directly on Joe Biden’s hands.”
According to reports, the equipment includes 208 aircraft. This makes the Taliban-led nation the world’s 26th largest air force.
Some military experts have argued the Taliban members do not have the expertise to use American aircraft. However, the new helicopter video shows this is not true. The Taliban are seen flying around in the Blackhawk helicopters.
Even with the equipment they don’t use, there is still a black market for sales. The Taliban can raise large sums of cash now by selling the equipment to our enemies like Russia and China who are already in the region. There is also the morale of “claiming” military equipment from the “enemy,” even if it cannot be used.
What’s worse is that President Biden has said in interviews that intelligence sources told him that it was likely at some that the Taliban would take over the country—he just didn’t know that it would be this quickly. So does that means Biden left all of this military equipment there knowing that the Taliban would have access to it at some point?
Whatever the case, there is now a multitude of problems in Afghanistan. One, Americans remain who need evacuated. Second, some Afghans who served with American military need help. Third, those Afghans who do leave need vetted for safety reasons. An ISIS member has already been found among the evacuees and another person who was on France’s terrorist watch list was found at another air force base trying to hide among the refugees. Fourth, we have a new threat as the Taliban leads the nation.
Then fifth, the Taliban now has a stockpile of weapons better than almost any other nation in the Middle East. No plans announced yet, but ISIS, al Qaeda and even Iran could potentially partner up and use the military might for greater advantage in the region.
Then there’s one more problem. The increased strength of the American-equipped Taliban makes us less safe in our own nation. The tragic events of 9/11 were reportedly pulled off by a small team for less than a half-million dollars. Now, the Taliban have far greater resources. Who knows what they could plan for the months and years ahead, but you can bet with the Taliban’s new Blackhawk helicopters it won’t be good.