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Taliban fighters upset, feel betrayed that US military left non-working helicopters: report

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September 1, 2021 8:52 am
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Taliban fighters are feeling angry and betrayed Wednesday after discovering that Afghan National Army helicopters abandoned at Kabul’s airport have been rendered inoperable by departing U.S. troops, according to a report.

An Al Jazeera reporter who toured a hanger on the military side of the airport said in a video that the terrorist group "expected the Americans to leave helicopters like this in one piece for their use."

"When I said to them, ‘why do you think that the Americans would have left everything operational for you’? They said because we believe it is a national asset and we are the government now and this could have come to great use for us," she continued.

Meanwhile, the Taliban are hoping to get the commercial side of the airport reopened for flights in the coming days, Al Jazeera reports.

The flight carrying the last American soldier departed Afghanistan on Monday afternoon, marking an end to a nearly 20-year U.S. military presence inside the country.

"There’s a lot of heartbreak associated with this departure," CENTCOM Commander Gen. Kenneth McKenzie said of the closing down of evacuation operations. He acknowledged, "We did not get everybody out that we wanted to get out."

In addition to the people left behind in Kabul, McKenzie said the U.S. also left behind equipment such as the C-RAM (counter-artillery, artillery and mortar) system that was used to shoot down rockets, as well as dozens of armored Humvees and some aircraft.

The general added that the equipment had been disabled and in the end none of it was mission capable.


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  1. by HatetheSwamp on September 1, 2021 8:56 am

    Yeah.

    $80,000,000,000+ of free weaponry handed over by the Afghan army wasn't enough.

    But, they shouldn't despair
    The Russians and/or Chinese will figure out how to make them operational.


  2. by Ponderer on September 1, 2021 8:57 am
    People were so upset about all the weapons and equipment left behind in Afghanistan. I never thought for a second that they simply put the keys under the floor mats and left it all there in fine and dandy condition.

    It's not difficult to totally disable giant equipment and weaponry to render it inoperable. There are certainly military contingency plans that spell out exactly how to "destroy" materials left behind in war.


  3. by Ponderer on September 1, 2021 8:58 am
    How much of that weaponry left behind do you think is still usable, pb?


  4. by HatetheSwamp on September 1, 2021 9:03 am

    po, I've heard nuthin that suggests that the Afghan army went to the trouble of disabling their weapons before they handed them over.

    Trump's plan...move everything to the airfields, then bomb the hell out of everything is what's reasonable. But, even then, the terrorists would end up with the Afghan army's weapons.

    Yet another reason that I'm right about the withdrawal.


  5. by Ponderer on September 1, 2021 9:39 am
    "po, I've heard nuthin that suggests that the Afghan army went to the trouble of disabling their weapons before they handed them over." -pb

    Wow. You actually believe that you would be privy to every and all he actions taken by military personnel upon pulling out of a war zone...??? And that if you didn't hear about it, it didn't happen...???

    Boy, that subjectivity of yours has really got you by the short hairs.


  6. by Donna on September 1, 2021 9:50 am
    Hts - RAWA has always been adamantly opposed to the US/Allied occupation of Afghanistan. If you're really concerned about the plight of women in Afghanistan, you should take some time (which I know you have plenty of) to read some of the commentaries at their website, which I posted here. Some of of them are critical of Biden. Anyhow, I think the information they share would be an eye-opener for you.


  7. by Ponderer on September 1, 2021 9:53 am
    A fellow Facebooker posted this and it makes total sense:

    "The military de-militarized and made inoperable most of this equipment. Maintenance is very expensive and bringing it home would also be expensive. Hopefully we will not need this type of equipment anytime soon because the US will not be invading any country, soon. Afghanistan hasn’t the ability to fix this equipment if broken. The US trained military personnel who maintained this equipment have years of training and a ready supply of spare parts."


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