Taliban militants showed off seized U.S. military equipment during a parade in southern Afghanistan, The Guardian reported Wednesday.
The militants, flying Taliban flags, drove U.S. Humvees and other multi-purpose military vehicles in a long, single-file line near Kandahar, Afghanistan, according to The Guardian.
Some militants reportedly stood on the trucks, while others operated the vehicles’ features or climbed onto them, The Guardian reported. Taliban supporters, some armed with machine guns and other heavy weapons, filled pick-up trucks and drove them to the convoy of U.S. machinery.
At least one Black Hawk helicopter flew over Kandahar, Afghanistan, recently, leading to questions about the involvement of former Afghan forces, as the Taliban doesn’t have qualified pilots, the Guardian reported.
Taliban fighters at the international airport in Kabul, Afghanistan wore U.S. military gear and inspected military helicopters left behind after the withdrawal, the Daily Caller News Foundation reported on Monday. The militants sported what appeared to be U.S. ballistic vests and helmets.
The Taliban’s possession of U.S. weaponry isn’t a threat to America or nations surrounding Afghanistan, according to Pentagon Press Secretary John Kirby. The militants are likely in possession of 2,000 armored vehicles and up to 40 aircraft, Reuters reported.
“The kinds of equipment we’re talking about, while certainly there’s a lethality component to it, it doesn’t pose a threat to the United States, it doesn’t pose a threat to neighboring nations. These are not the kinds of things that the Taliban can make great strategic use out of,” Kirby said.
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Kaylee Greenlee on September 1, 2021