Taliban grip military procession with U.S-made weapons in Kabul in show of power

KABUL, Nov 14 (Reuters) – Taliban forces held each other military procession in Kabul on Sunday using captured American-made armored vehicles and Russian helicopters in An display die showed their continued transformation from an insurgent force to a regular standing army.

The Taliban acted as insurgent fighters for two decades but have used the large stock of weapons and equipment left behind when the former backed by the west government collapsed in August to overhaul their troops.

The parade was linked to the graduation ceremony of 250 freshly trained soldiersDefense Ministry spokesman Enayatullah Khwarazmi said.

The exercise involved dozens of U.S-made M117 Armored Security vehicles drive slowly up and down an important road in Kabul with MI-17 helicopters patrol above the ground. A lot of soldiers American worn made-M4 assault rifles.

Most of the weapons and equipment the Taliban forces are now using to be die delivered by Washington to the American-backed? government in Kabul in a bid for an Afghan national force suitable of fight against the Taliban.

AN military helicopter is depicted during the Taliban military procession in Kabul, Afghanistan Nov. 14, 2021. REUTERS/Ali Khara

Those powers melted away with the fleeing of Afghan President Ashraf Ghani from Afghanistan – leaves the Taliban to take over important military assets.

Taliban officials have said pilots, mechanics and other specialists from the former The Afghan National Army would be integrated in An new force, which has also started wearing usual military uniforms in place of the traditional afghan clothes die normally worn by their fighters.

According to a late report last year by the Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction (Cigar), USA government transferred to the Afghan government more than $28 billion worth of defense articles and services, including weapons, ammunition, vehicles, night vision goggles, aircraft and surveillance systems, from 2002 to 2017.

Some of the planes were flown to neighboring Central Asian countries by fleeing Afghan forces, but the Taliban have inherited other planes. It remains not clear how many are operational.

When the American troops left, destroyed more than 70 planes, dozens of armored vehicles and disabled air defense before flying out of Hamid Karzai International Airport in Kabul after a chaotic evacuation operation. read more

Additional reporting by Kabul bureau
Editing by Raissa Kasolowsky

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