United States spent billions of dollars to provide the Afghan military with weapons to attack the Taliban, as the rapid surrender of Afghan forces has become a weapon to fuel the Taliban’s capture of the city, some experts say such a change of hands has occurred in the past, the current withdrawal is gradually reduced to collapse.
According to Agence France-Presse 14 news, the United States has said that the Afghan side has provided all weapons to fight the Taliban, but Afghan forces are clearly not interested in fighting, tens of thousands of Afghan soldiers put down their weapons, so that the Taliban quickly receive. The Taliban’s social media was awash with videos of seized weapons caches, mostly from Western countries. Footage of the surrender of Afghan soldiers in the northern Afghan city of Kunduz shows military vehicles carrying heavy weapons and artillery falling unscathed into the hands of the Taliban. In the western city of Farah, Taliban fighters can be seen in vehicles with eagle-like snakes, a symbol of Afghan intelligence.
Experts tracking weapons movements point out that while “sophisticated” weapons were taken away when U.S. forces retreated, the Taliban’s blitz quickly resulted in “military vehicles, Humvees, small arms, light weapons and arms.” Singapore researchers point out that these weapons will not only help the Taliban to take on the West and Kabul, but also strengthen the Taliban’s grip on the city they have captured. Reported that now the U. S. military has basically withdrawn, the Taliban found that they do not have to spend half a dime, they can sit on the U. S. military to provide a large number of weapons.
Jason Amerine, who led U.S. special forces to topple the Taliban in 2001, points out that while Washington was prepared for the Taliban to receive U.S. weapons, afghan cities were the worst case scenario for being captured so quickly. “When the U.S. supplies weapons to the Afghan National Army, it assumes that weapons and armaments could fall into the hands of the Taliban,” he said. The current crisis is the worst-case scenario to consider when making purchasing decisions. “Some Middle East observers have pointed out that such weapons have changed hands in the past. Aki Peritz, a former counter-terrorism analyst at the CIA, told AFP: “This retreat is gradually becoming a rout. ”