Watch Taliban hold military parade exposing US and Russian transport
17:44, 16 November 2021
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.
A military parade of Taliban forces took place in Kabul. American military equipment, equipment and weapons on the ground, and in the sky - Russian Mi-17 helicopters. #Afghanistanpic.twitter.com/adSHUiwZ18
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.
The Taliban held a military parade in Kabul with US tanks and military equipment.
One day after the twentieth anniversary of the fall of the Taliban regime, the group's fighters marched through the streets of Kabul in tanks and armored personnel carriers left over from US forces pic.twitter.com/vmstCVJEcg