Biden says the Taliban have seized “a significant portion” of American weapons
The return of the Taliban to power in Afghanistan has caused shock around the world, as well as great concern for the fate of women in that country.On August 15, the Taliban occupied Kabul and eventually seized power across the country / REUTERS
The White House has not yet been able to determine how many weapons provided to Afghanistan as part of military aid have been seized by Taliban radicals, but are convinced that it is “a significant part”.
This was announced at a briefing by White House National Security Adviser Jake Sullivan.
Since 2001, the United States has provided billions of dollars in weapons to the Afghan military to deter militants.
“Obviously, we do not have a complete picture of where each unit of defense equipment has gone, but certainly a significant part of them fell into the hands of the Taliban. And, obviously, we do not feel that they are ready to hand it over at the airport,” he said. Sullivan.
The situation in Afghanistan
As UNIAN reported earlier, on Sunday, August 15, the Taliban occupied Kabul and eventually seized power across the country. Afghan President Ashraf Ghani had fled abroad a few hours earlier, citing a desire to prevent bloodshed.
The return of the Taliban to power in Afghanistan has caused shock around the world, as well as great concern for the fate of women in that country. The Taliban intend to restore Sharia law in Afghanistan. Germany, the United States and other Western nations are working hard to evacuate their citizens and Afghans who have worked with the EU and NATO from Afghanistan as soon as possible.
Afghanistan’s first vice president, Amrulla Saleh, said yesterday that he was in Afghanistan and was a “legitimate interim president” after President Ashraf Ghani fled the country after the Taliban took Kabul. Saleh called on the Afghans to resist.