Taliban regularly use captured US weapons to attack government outposts: Report

WASHINGTON: The Taliban in Afghanistan regularly use captured US weapons to attack government outposts, the US media reported on Wednesday.

Recently, American warplanes destroyed about 40 US-supplied Humvees that the Taliban had captured from Afghanistan’s military over the past several years, the USA TODAY newspaper reported.

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It claimed that the report about this “recurring problem” was based on official statistics collected by the US and Nato forces in Afghanistan.

According to these statistics, Taliban fighters frequently capture US-supplied equipment and then disappear into the countryside. “The Humvees struck by American aircraft may only represent a fraction of the equipment now in Taliban hands,” the paper claimed.

While accounting for the US-supplied equipment, American investigators found that the militants not only capture the weapons they use but also buy these from the Afghan military. Because of widespread corruption in Afghanistan’s defense establishment, US officials have determined that dealing with “Afghanistan’s military remains a challenge,” the report added.

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