January 29, 2023

The Taliban showed off their seized weapons during the Kandahar victory march

In videos posted on social media, the Taliban Marching hardware It was withdrawn by Afghan and US forces and left Afghanistan in the grip of a militant group after the last US troops were withdrawn.

Fighters from Humvees and armored SUVs waved white Taliban flags at the military parade, where several vehicles appeared in perfect condition. The Taliban arranged for a recently captured Black Hawk helicopter to fly over the road with militants while chasing a Taliban flag.

The next day came a march showing video footage of militants carrying equipment left by the United States via an abandoned hangar at Kabul airport.

In one video, militants wearing American-style uniforms and possessing US-made weapons inspect a CH-46 Sea Knight helicopter parked inside a hangar. Taliban militants posed for photos while sitting in the cockpits of planes and helicopters belonging to the Afghanistan Air Force.

But Pentagon press secretary John Kirby told CNN on Tuesday that he “did not care much about these pictures” of Taliban militants inspecting the abandoned plane.

“They can explore everything they want,” Kirby said. “They can see them, they can walk around – but they can’t fly. They can’t run.”

The U.S. military has made “all gear at the airport – all aircraft, all ground vehicles” unusable, leaving only a few fire trucks and forklifts in operation.

Efforts to reopen Kabul airport resumed on Wednesday as a team of Qatari technicians arrived in the Afghan capital.

The source said the technical team traveled to Kabul on a Qatari jet at the request of the Taliban and that “negotiations are still ongoing at the security and operational level” as a final agreement has not yet been reached.

“The goal is to resume humanitarian assistance and freedom of movement inside and outside Kabul in a safe and secure manner.”

Afghanistan relies heavily on foreign aid, and the World Health Organization and the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) have already struggled to get vital food and medical supplies to the airport amid evacuation efforts.

Even before the recent political upheaval, Afghanistan represented the world’s third-largest humanitarian concern, with more than 18 million people in need of assistance. UNICEF. But now that no commercial plane is allowed to land in Kabul, it will be difficult to get help.

Restarting commercial flights will be important for people who still want to leave the country but do not board military evacuation flights.

U.S. Federal Command General Frank McKenzie said Monday that more than 123,000 people have been evacuated by U.S. and allied planes since Aug. 14.

Taliban militants seize US weapons via Kandahar.

The Taliban have vowed to rule more moderately this time around, saying they will allow foreigners and Afghans to leave the country after August 31 with proper documentation. But many Afghans are skeptical of their claims, and huge questions are hanging over the Taliban. Ability to run the country.

Standing on the runway of Kabul airport on Tuesday, Taliban spokesman Jabihullah Mujahid told a small crowd: “This victory belongs to all of us.”

Accompanying him were the Taliban’s Badri 313 Special Forces marching in high-armed fighters, camouflage uniforms and desert boots.

Mujahideen greeted the marching Taliban fighters, in fact “the whole nation”.

There is only one Afghan region against Taliban rule: the Banjshir Valley – a strategic area 90 miles north of Kabul that was once a stronghold of the Mujahideen fighting the Soviets and is now the center of the resistance movement.

Ali Nassari, a spokesman for the National Anti-Taliban Front of Afghanistan (NRF), said NRF forces inflicted heavy casualties on Taliban attackers as they tried to advance into the Punjab via Gulpahar. Retreats.

“Negotiations have stalled and they have come to a standstill,” Nazari said. “They tried to attack from two directions, one north and one south.”

CNN has not been able to independently verify the intensity of the fighting or the total number of casualties on either side. The emergency hospital, a surgical center for war victims in Kabul, said on Twitter that five wounded patients and four others had died following the fighting in Gulbahar.

Taliban leaders do not acknowledge the fierce fighting in the region. In an audio message released on Wednesday, Taliban leader Amir Khan Mutaki called on the Punjabis to accept the apology and avoid fighting, but acknowledged that the talks had not yet been fruitful.