- Federal agencies have been told to scrub public records that could be used by the Taliban to harm Washington’s Afghan allies
- Reports and documents have been pulled from a string of websites detailing US spending in Afghanistan
- Jihadists have seized several major airbases, in Herat, Khost, Kunduz and Mazar-i-Sharif, and Kabul
- They have proudly posted pictures of seized $6m Black Hawks and a $14m Hercules transport jet
- The Taliban have been hunting for pilots from the disbanded Afghan Air Force to fly the vehicles
- Before Kabul fell, planes and helicopters were disabled by US troops, while others were flown overseas
- The jihadists have as many as 48 aircraft – it’s not clear how many planes or helicopters this breaks down to
Published: 12:18 EDT, 1 September 2021 | Updated: 12:47 EDT, 1 September 2021
The Biden administration has begun scrubbing public records detailing the $82.9 billion U.S. investment in Afghanistan‘s armed forces to protect Afghan officials and military officers from Taliban reprisals.
Federal agencies have been told to remove information detailing the colossal investment from website as Afghanistan’s new rulers show off their newly acquired hardware.
Taliban fighters stood aboard captured Humvees and armored SUVs as they paraded through Kandahar, where propaganda video has circulated of a Black Hawk flying overhead.