A GOP senator is pushing the Pentagon to destroy the brand new Taliban air power feared to incorporate dozens of helicopters and planes — because the insurgents complain that the US didn’t depart behind much more working plane.
The US navy stated it “demilitarized” tools earlier than leaving Kabul’s airport on Monday, however the Taliban possesses some operable plane, together with Black Hawk helicopters believed to have been deserted by the Afghan navy.
“‘I reached out to our secretary of protection for a list of what’s there, what’s been left behind and what the plan is to recapture, destroy or in any other case immobilize the tools that’s on the bottom. I’ve not but obtained a response,” Sen. Invoice Hagerty (R-Tenn.) stated in an interview with the Each day Mail.
The British paper interviewed Hagerty — a former US ambassador to Japan — as he launched into a visit to Europe, together with the UK, to debate the aftermath of the chaotic US withdrawal.
The Pentagon declined to remark.
The Taliban’s swift ultimate victory over US-allied forces within the 20-year battle resulted from the Afghan navy’s collapse, after President Biden offered additional tools forward of the anticipated onslaught.
The Afghan Air Power had 167 plane offered by the US — 46 of which had been flown to Uzbekistan to forestall them from falling into the Taliban’s arms. It’s unclear what number of remained totally operable and whether or not any working US planes or helicopters additionally remained behind enemy traces.
This week the Taliban flew a Black Hawk helicopter above Kandahar with the group’s flag waved from the chopper’s door.
Distinguished Taliban chief Anas Haqqani complained in regards to the US destroying some plane earlier than leaving.
“They’ve destroyed our nationwide property,” Haqqani reportedly complained after inspecting smashed-up US equipment at Kabul’s airport this week.
Taliban propagandists and a few media retailers printed pictures of helicopters with bent blades and broken electrical wiring.
“They will look all they need however they’ll’t fly them,” Pentagon spokesman John Kirby stated in a Tuesday interview with CNN concerning plane left in Kabul.
However the Taliban says they’ve pilots and consultants who weren’t evacuated by the US and that they plan to rebuild.
“We now have all that spare elements of the helicopters which have been damaged. The technition [sic] are on the way in which to restore all of it,” a distinguished Taliban social media persona claimed on Twitter Wednesday.