Taliban swap Russian AK-47s for US-made rifles

Video and pictures released by the Taliban show fighters carrying M4 carbines and M16 rifles discarded by Afghan army units.

The US guns are more accurate and have greater range than the AK-47s, but on their own may not deliver much added capability on the battlefield.

The Russian Kalashnikov AK-47 and its derivatives have long been the assault rifle of choice for militant groups because of their rugged design, but some Taliban fighters are trading them in for captured US guns as Afghanistan
’s government collapses.

Video and pictures published by the Taliban on Twitter and elsewhere show fighters carrying M4 carbines and M16 rifles discarded by Afghan army units. Other images show Taliban forces capturing abandoned government vehicles.

The US guns are more accurate and have greater range than the AK-47s, but on their own may not deliver much added capability on the battlefield.

“Some of the hardware might be useful to have if looking to intimidate rival warlords, but that’s about it,” said Grant Newsham, a retired US Marine Corps colonel. “They’ve done rather well with what they already had.”

© 2021 South China Morning Post

One comment

  • “Some of the hardware might be useful to have if looking to intimidate rival warlords, but that’s about it,” said Grant Newsham, a retired US Marine Corps colonel. “They’ve done rather well with what they already had.”

    Supplied by Putin. He is responsible for this. He already talked Trump into pulling out. Time to nuke Russia and China to fix the global mess. And why does Ukraine still continue to trade with Russia??? Burn their crap!

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