Justin Bullock, FISM News
With the US withdrawal from Afghanistan a massive amount of US weaponry was left behind and is now under Taliban control. Early reports indicate that over $1 billion in weapons and miscellaneous goods are missing. In response, 25 Republican Senators wrote a letter to the Pentagon demanding a full accounting of the missing munitions and other supplies.
In the letter the senators said,
As we watched the images coming out of Afghanistan as the Taliban retook the country, we were horrified to see U.S. equipment – including UH-60 Black Hawks – in the hands of the Taliban… It is unconscionable that high-tech military equipment payed for by U.S. taxpayers has fallen into the hands of the Taliban and their terrorist allies. Securing U.S. assets should have been among the top priorities for the U.S. Department of Defense prior to announcing the withdrawal from Afghanistan.
On Wednesday, U.S. Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin and General Mark Milley held an extensive press conference at the Pentagon about the Afghanistan situation.
During that press conference Austin indicated that an unknown number of US military aircraft were flown out of the country by the former Afghan military and that they currently do no not know how many or there exact whereabouts. This further compounds the situation as many fear that the advanced US weapons could also end up in the hands of other terrorist organizations beyond the Taliban. The Biden administration has said that they are working hard to discover what is missing or taken and where it is currently located. In addition, there are reports that the military is considering using drone airstrikes to destroy the stockpiles of weapons that they currently know the location of.