White House says a ‘fair amount’ of US military equipment provided to Afghans is now in Taliban hands

Written by on August 17, 2021

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WASHINGTON — Nationwide Safety Advisor Jake Sullivan stated Tuesday a “truthful quantity” of navy gear the U.S. offered the Afghan Nationwide Safety Forces was seized by the Taliban within the militant group’s fast route of Afghanistan. 

“We do not have an entire image, clearly, of the place each article of protection supplies has gone,” Sullivan stated at a White Home press briefing, “however definitely a good quantity of it has fallen into the fingers of the Taliban. And clearly, we do not have a way that they’re going to readily hand it over to us on the airport.”

The U.S. pumped greater than $80 billion in gear and coaching into the Afghan safety forces for the reason that begin of the struggle in Afghanistan, which the U.S. launched to root out al-Qaeda after the 9/11 assaults.

However regardless of these efforts, the Afghan navy – which analysts stated was unmotivated, disorganized and tormented by low morale – collapsed to the Taliban over the weekend with out mustering a struggle in most cities.

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After seizing management of Afghanistan, the Taliban launched photographs of U.S. Black Hawk navy helicopters on the Kandahar Worldwide Airport that the U.S. had offered the Afghan military.

“These Black Hawks weren’t given to the Taliban. They have been given to the Afghan Nationwide Safety Forces for them to defend themselves,” Sullivan stated.

Sullivan stated former Afghanistan President Ashraf Ghani requested the helicopters throughout a White Home go to with President Joe Biden in June. 

“So the president had a selection. He couldn’t give it to them, with the danger that it could fall into the Taliban’s fingers finally,” Sullivan stated, “or he may give it to them, with the hope that they may deploy it in service of defending their nation. Each of these choices had dangers.”

Sullivan didn’t specify what different U.S. protection gear is within the possession of the Taliban. He stated the Afghan safety forces are now not a “coherent entity” after giving method to the Taliban as Afghan leaders fled the nation.

Biden and his administration has defended the U.S. navy’s chaotic withdrawal from Afghanistan, which was rapidly taken over by the Taliban, arguing the U.S. shouldn’t be “nation-building” and that terrorism rooted in Afghanistan now not poses a serious menace to the U.S.

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Sullivan stated the administration’s prime precedence proper now could be to make sure the secure evacuation of Individuals and others in search of to flee Afghanistan. He stated the U.S. has been in touch with the Taliban to make sure the secure passage of individuals to the Kabul airport, which he stated is secured.

White Home press secretary Jen Psaki stated the administration is monitoring the airport evacuations, not simply taking the Taliban’s “phrase” that they are going to let folks freely journey to the airport.

“We’re watching intently. We’re in shut contact and we’re definitely assessing whether or not they’ll abide by their dedication,” Psaki stated.

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Attain Joey Garrison on Twitter @joeygarrison.

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