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Watch Taliban hold military parade exposing US and Russian transport

17:44, 16 November 2021
Watch Taliban hold military parade  exposing US and Russian transport Photo: U.S. Department of Defense/Digital/Global Look Press

The event coincided with the graduation of 250 fresh soldiers.


The Taliban* have held a military parade in the Afghan capital Kabul deploying seized US-made armored vehicles and Russian helicopters.

Afghan Defense ministry spokesman Enayatullah Khwarazmi said that the procession took place on the same day as the graduation of 250 soldiers.

Dozens of American M117 armored vehicles have been filmed riding along the capital’s streets with soldiers armed with M4 ARs, as well as Russian MI-17 helicopters sent in the air.

Most of the equipment exposed has been left by the US military during the international evacuation from Kabul after the Afghan capital was captured on August 15. Still, the US forces managed to destroy or transfer several dozen other planes, vehicles, and defense systems.

Initially, the US allocated the gear to the former Afghan government with the aim of fighting the Taliban insurgents. The total supplies have been estimated to reach the cost of $28 bln in 15 years, according to a report issued by the US Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction.

The parade demonstrated the movement’s intention to train a regular standing army with its soldiers wearing conventional military uniforms and not traditional outfits. Most of the soldiers trained under the previous regime have been integrated into the new army.

*Taliban is a terror organization banned in the US, Russia and many other countries.