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The Taliban hot streak continues to roll on, thanks to Sleepy Joe Biden and his disaster of a vice president. A video being circulated on Russian state media and amongst defense experts is said to show Taliban pilots joyriding in an American-made Blackhawk helicopter that cost taxpayers approximately $6 million to build.
Defense analyst Joseph Dempsey says this is a UH-60 Blackhawk being flown at the Kandahar air base.
It's no secret that the Taliban seized a major haul of US military-supplied gear when it took over Afghanistan earlier this month.
Does anyone know if there's an Idiot's Guide to Flying a Blackhawk? If you've got a copy, the Taliban needs you. pic.twitter.com/ubYlVVoa9y
— RT (@RT_com) August 25, 2021
On August 14, the Daily Mail reported that the Taliban had seized Blackhawks and Russian helicopters that they were able to get off the ground to fly around Kandahar. The big issue for the Taliban will come down to parts that it would need from the U.S.
The video being passed around today showing the Blackhawk joyride is the first confirmation that the Taliban has figured out how to get the helicopters running.
“We don’t have a complete picture, obviously, of where every article of defense materials has gone. But certainly, a fair amount of it has fallen into the hands of the Taliban,” White House National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan said last week.
One thing seems to be clear: the Taliban have a U.S.-made Blackhawk and there’s a very good chance they have bad intentions with its use.
Pentagon spokesman John Kirby said the big concern for the U.S. has to do with the Taliban getting its hands on howitzers.
“The most dangerous weapons the Taliban have captured are the D-30 howitzers and Afghan Air Force assets,” a Washington security analyst told a French media outlet.
“It is not clear that they have the ability to use all of the air platforms that they have captured, but they have already demonstrated the ability to use those howitzers,” the analyst said.
According to Military.com, the M198 howitzer has a range up to 14 miles. A military official told Reuters that it’s believed the Taliban has its hands on 2,000 armored vehicles, up to 40 aircraft, night-vision goggles, potentially tens of thousands of M16 rifles and numerous pieces of communication equipment.
— Joseph Dempsey (@JosephHDempsey) August 25, 2021