Kopar Khairane

According to a report, the Pakistani Taliban have access to US weapons in Afghanistan

<p>In a recent research, Small Arms Survey provided light on how Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) had access to US weapons abandoned by them for smuggling. The report was based on undercover field work by Afghan Peace Watch (APW) late last year in Helmand, Kandahar, and Nangarhar.</p>
<p>According to the report, despite Afghan Taliban attempts to consolidate control over former Afghan National Defence and Security Force (ANDSF) stockpiles and crack down on unauthorized dealers, TTP continue to access US weapons, indicating a clear inability or unwillingness to block these arms trafficking dynamics that are highly localized due to internal Taliban dynamics, commercial, political, and security interests, as well as long-standing ties between armed groups, fight.<img decoding=”async” class=”alignnone wp-image-61093″ src=”https://www.theindiaprint.com/wp-content/uploads/2023/07/www.theindiaprint.com-according-to-a-report-the-pakistani-taliban-have-access-to-us-weapons-in-afghanistan-download-2023-07-06t181451.513.jpg” alt=”” width=”1243″ height=”827″ srcset=”https://www.theindiaprint.com/wp-content/uploads/2023/07/www.theindiaprint.com-according-to-a-report-the-pakistani-taliban-have-access-to-us-weapons-in-afghanistan-download-2023-07-06t181451.513.jpg 275w, https://www.theindiaprint.com/wp-content/uploads/2023/07/www.theindiaprint.com-according-to-a-report-the-pakistani-taliban-have-access-to-us-weapons-in-afghanistan-download-2023-07-06t181451.513-150×100.jpg 150w” sizes=”(max-width: 1243px) 100vw, 1243px” /></p>
<p>According to anecdotal evidence, the Taliban have taken special care to seize possession of any residual stocks of M4 and M16 assault weapons made in the US, night vision and infrared sights, and other expensive equipment that aren’t often seen in the area.</p>
<p>An AK-pattern assault rifle costs around two to three times as much as an M45 or an M16. However, organizations linked to the Taliban, such as the TTP, continue to have access to US weapons.</p>
<p>These supply patterns suggest an inability or desire to stop these transfers, which further aggravates the situation with Pakistan.</p>
<p>The Small weapons Survey is an international center of excellence whose mission is to provide objective, fact-based information on all facets of small weapons and armed conflict.</p>
<p>The TTP is using “sophisticated” night-vision equipment and contemporary weapons that were left behind by US soldiers, according to a report in Nikkei Asia.</p>
<p>According to a US Department of Defense study from the previous year, when US soldiers departed Afghanistan under the Taliban takeover, they left behind $7.12 billion worth of weaponry and equipment.</p>
<p>When the US withdrew, Afghan troops received $48 million worth of ammo, according to a study from Foreign Policy published in April.</p>
<p>According to a report from the Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction (SIGAR), which used Department of Defense data, “at least 78 aircraft worth $923.3 million, 9,524 air-to-ground munitions valued at $6.54 million, over 40,000 vehicles, more than 3,000,000 weapons, and nearly all night vision, surveillance, communications, and biometric equipment provided to the [Afghan defense forces] were left behind.”</p>
<p>Since the Taliban took control of Afghanistan, TTP has been active in the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province’s northwest tribal areas of Pakistan. According to Al Jazeera, which cited Pakistani sources, TTP was accountable for 150 assaults throughout Pakistan last year that resulted in scores of fatalities.</p>
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