October 7, 2021
-Law Enforcement Today
AFGHANISTAN- Congratulations Gen. Milley…congrats Lloyd Austin…well done Joe Biden. Remember all those really cool military grade weapons you abandoned in Afghanistan when you turned tail and ran?
As the American economy is being run into the ground, the Taliban is doing quite well in Afghanistan. How so? Selling the weapons you all left behind to citizens, according to the New York Times.
As reported in The Hill, three weapons dealers in Kandahar told the Times that American pistols, ammunition, rifles, night vision goggles and binoculars have been a hot item in the southern part of the country.
The reports says that dozens of Afghans have entered the military surplus gun business after they paid the Taliban for the equipment. The Taliban was estimated to have acquired some $85 billion or more of military equipment abandoned by the United States during their bungled withdrawal from the war-torn country.
According to the Pentagon (a very “trustworthy” organization), much of the advanced weapons were allegedly disabled prior to America’s departure, however thousands of weapons were still left available for the Taliban, the Times reported.
Some of the weapons were sold by the Taliban to gun dealers since most combat operations in the country have largely ended and they simply have more than they need.
The abandoned weapons have also found their way out of the country into Afghanistan, where there is more demand for the American weapons, the Times said.
“During the insurgency, the Taliban eagerly sought out American-supplied weapons and gear. But now much of that weaponry is being sold to Afghan entrepreneurs because Taliban demand has eased with the end of combat, the gun merchants said. They said that many gun dealers have smuggled the weapons to Pakistan, where demand for American-made weapons is strong,” the report said.
In a statement to the Times, Maj. Rob Lodewick, a Defense Department spokesman said:
“Since 2005, the U.S. military has provided the Afghan national defense and security forces with many thousands of small arms, ranging from pistols to medium machine guns,” he said, according to Gateway Pundit.
A spokesman for the Taliban, however denied selling the weapons.
In an interview with the New York Times, a Taliban spokesman, Bilal Karimi, said that weapons were not for sale. “I totally deny this; our fighters cannot be that careless,” he said. “Even a single person cannot sell a bullet in the market or smuggle it.”
Karimi added that the captured weapons “are all listed, verified and are all saved and secure under the Islamic Emirate for the future army.”