By Tamar Lapin August 31, 2021
There’s clearly a new sheriff in town.
Stunning photos show Taliban fighters posing in the former Afghan National Police Academy in Kabul amid the frenzied withdrawal of US and other Western forces and the extremist group’s quick takeover of the country.
Taliban commander Qasi Ali was photographed by the UK Sun newspaper sitting at a mahogany desk, surrounded by his men inside the training center on the eastern outskirts of the Afghan capital.
“Look at this office. We haven’t looted anything,” he showboated for the paper.
Rubbing it in, on the table in front of Ali sat a British police helmet and an American state trooper’s hat, gifts the two nations had given to Afghan police trainees, according to the report.
The senior Taliban commander and his fighters were also pictured standing in a hallway holding guns inside the building, which was once used by US-led NATO forces to train Afghan police.
Aug 13, 2021The United States spent more than $88 billion to train and equip Afghanistan’s army and police, nearly two-thirds of all of its foreign aid to the country since 2002.
About $29 billion has been spent on the Afghan police since the Taliban were ousted in late 2001, with more to come as the U.S. and NATO-led International Security Assistance Force steps up …
The Pennsylvania State Police has an annual operating budget of approximately $1.2 billion.