Hacked by Mr_Entity The Taliban take a captured $6m US-made Blackhawk helicopter for a joyride … but can’t get it off the ground after seizing 200,000 firearms & 20,000 Humvees - ionigeria.com The Taliban take a captured $6m US-made Blackhawk helicopter for a joyride … but can’t get it off the ground after seizing 200,000 firearms & 20,000 Humvees The Taliban take a captured $6m US-made Blackhawk helicopter for a joyride … but can’t get it off the ground after seizing 200,000 firearms & 20,000 Humvees The Taliban take a captured $6m US-made Blackhawk helicopter for a joyride … but can’t get it off the ground after seizing 200,000 firearms & 20,000 Humvees
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The Taliban take a captured $6m US-made Blackhawk helicopter for a joyride … but can’t get it off the ground after seizing 200,000 firearms & 20,000 Humvees

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The Taliban have taken a captured US Black Hawk chopper for a joyride – but couldn’t get the aircraft off the ground.

It’s reported the militants have made off with up to £13bn worth of abandoned weapons and vehicles, including 200,000 firearms and 20,000 Humvees seized from the Afghan army.

Taliban insurgents appeared to take a Black Hawk helicopter for a joyride

Taliban insurgents appeared to take a Black Hawk helicopter for a joyrideCredit: Twitter
The chopper taxiing along the airfield

The chopper taxiing along the airfield
The aircraft circles round as the Taliban fighters look on

The aircraft circles round as the Taliban fighters look on
The fanatics were unable to get the aircraft off the ground

The fanatics were unable to get the aircraft off the ground
Insurgents seized weaponry given to Afghan troops

Insurgents seized weaponry given to Afghan troops Credit: Avalon.red

The fanatics have now begun parading in their captured equipment and uniforms after seizing power.

US intelligence officials fear that there are around 150 helicopters and planes for Taliban insurgents to use, including 45 UH-60 Black Hawk choppers.

Social media footage appears to show militants taking a Black Hawk helicopter for a joy ride near Kandahar, MailOnline reports.

The chopper taxied on the tarmac but the Taliban were unable to get it into the air.

Seven Black Hawk choppers, which cost around $21million each, arrived in Afghanistan last month.

The US has also funded more than 20,000 humvees and 40,000 light tactical vehicles, including Ford pickup trucks, to Afghan defence forces.

Afghan troops were also given around 1,000 wrecker trucks including hundreds of Mine Resistant Ambush Protected vehicles.

It comes after pictures released by the propaganda arm of the Taliban showed their fighters armed with American guns and riding in US armoured vehicles.


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Fighters from the Badri 313 special forces unit appear to treat their stolen US equipment as trophies having seized them from the retreating Afghan army as they stormed towards Kabul.

Militants painted the slogan “Victorious Force” on the side of a US-made M1117 armoured transport – thought to be worth around $800,000.

Taliban fighters donned US-style military uniforms complete with helmets that appear to feature night vision goggles.

Insurgents appeared to cradle US-made M4A1 carbines, thought to be worth around $700 each, in their arms.

The consequence of the rapid pullout led to the collapse of the Afghan army and handed billions of pounds worth of equipment to the Taliban as they raided weapons caches.

Taliban fighters are now regularly seen cradling military-grade US assault weapons.

Everything that hasn’t been destroyed is the Taliban’s now

US Official

The US has spent an estimated £13billion arming and equipping the Afghan army since 2005 – and officials have admitted that anything which was left behind and not destroyed is now in the hands of the Taliban.

Planes, heavy armour, and high-tech equipment were removed but weaponry that had been given to the Afghan army was left behind.

“Everything that hasn’t been destroyed is the Taliban’s now,” one U.S. official told Reuters.

And it is feared some of the weapons could fall into the hands of splinter terrorist groups – such as ISIS – or even Russia and China.

  • 208 aircraft
  • 75,898 vehicles
  • 599,690 weapons
  • 162,643 pieces of communications tech
  • 16,191 pieces of surveillance gear

Elias Yousif, deputy director of the Center for International Policy’s Security Assistance Monitor, told The Hill: “When an armed group gets their hands on American-made weaponry, it’s sort of a status symbol. It’s a psychological win.

“Clearly, this is an indictment of the U.S. security cooperation enterprise broadly.

“It really should raise a lot of concerns about what is the wider enterprise that is going on every single day, whether that’s in the Middle East, Sub-Saharan Africa, East Asia.”

Thousands of people are attempting to flee Afghanistan as they try to escape the Taliban’s ruthless rule – with fears of mass executions, torture, reprisals, and oppression.

Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid said no evacuation flights from Afghanistan will be allowed after August 31 – and warned any delay would shatter the uneasy truce at the airport and risk slipping back into war.

Terror chiefs have previously warned “there will be consequences” if the Western forces cross the “red line” and don’t leave on time.

“All people should be removed prior to that date. After that we do not allow them, it will not be allowed in our country, we will take a different stance.”

He said Afghan nationals will no longer be allowed to go to Kabul airport and warned the terror group are “not in favour” of letting Afghans leave the country.

Meanwhile, it was reported CIA Director William Burns met Taliban leader Abdul Ghani Baradar in Kabul on Monday, two US sources told Reuters.

The White House has reiterated that the rescue operation will not be extended beyond the end of the month.

The UK’s Defence Secretary Ben Wallace said the evacuation effort is “down to hours now, not weeks” as he conceded the UK’s involvement will end when the US leaves.

Taliban fighters have new uniforms complete with night vision goggles

Taliban fighters have new uniforms complete with night vision goggles Credit: Avalon.red
More than 200,000 firearms were donated to Afghan armies

More than 200,000 firearms were donated to Afghan armies Credit: Avalon.red
Taliban forces are flexing their military muscles as they display their American weapons with pride

Taliban forces are flexing their military muscles as they display their American weapons with pride Credit: Avalon.red
Taliban troops have painted the term 'Victorious Force' on the side of an M1117

Taliban troops have painted the term ‘Victorious Force’ on the side of an M1117 Credit: Twitter
A Taliban fighter points as he wears a US-style military uniform

A Taliban fighter points as he wears a US-style military uniform Credit: Twitter

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