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President Joe Biden has been justifiably lambasted for leaving tens of billions of dollars’ worth of U.S. military equipment and arms in Taliban hands. This unprecedented gift has made the Taliban the best armed terror force in the world. This military tech transfer has also raised alarms about other U.S. enemies gaining access to this gear.

Reuters reports that according to Taliban officials, 2,000 armored vehicles, including U.S. Humvees and Mine Resistant Armored Personnel carriers (MRAPs), and up to forty aircraft—including Black Hawk helicopters, scout attack helicopters, Super Tucano light attack planes, and military drones—are now in terrorist hands.

While experts debate the dangers of China and Russia getting access to billions of dollars’ worth of current U.S. military hardware, including some relatively sophisticated electronics and communications gear, Iran may be the biggest benefactor of Biden’s gift to the Taliban.

Though Tehran has denied the accusations, U.S. intelligence is clear: “Iran has provided the Taliban with financial support and training,” said a senior defense intelligence official during a Pentagon news briefing about a Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA) report on Iran. And the close ties continue.

Controversial pictures posted on social media last week appear to show a convoy of trailer trucks transporting U.S. military equipment taken from Afghanistan into Iran.

Other reports appear to buttress those claims, stating that Iran purchased Humvees and MRAPs from the Taliban for research and reverse engineering.

The National Interest (TNI) reported that:

Days before reports of Iran’s alleged purchase emerged, Representative James Comer (R-KY) and Representative Glenn Grothman (R-WI) wrote a letter to Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin requesting information on the Pentagon’s plans to recover American weapons left in Afghanistan.

“We are left wondering if the Biden Administration has a plan to prevent the Taliban from using our weapons against the U.S. or its allies, or selling them to foreign adversaries, like China, Russia, Iran, or North Korea,” the lawmakers wrote.

In addition, former President Donald Trump stated that “all equipment should be demanded to be immediately returned to the United States, and that includes every penny of the $85 billion dollars in cost.”

Many try to downplay this windfall to America’s enemies and claim that this gear isn’t of much value to sophisticated adversaries like China or Russia, though I would argue otherwise. And the commander of U.S. Central Command, General Kenneth Franklin McKenzie, Jr., also asserts, for example, that U.S. aircraft left in Afghanistan were rendered inoperable and will never fly again.

But even if true, that misses the point that they could still be useful for reverse engineering by Iran or other American adversaries.

As TNI notes:

“Iran probably made deals with the Taliban to buy some of these vehicles and equipment for research and reproduction purposes. So if American helicopter and airplane parts get into the hands of the Iranian government, it will be life-changing for military aircraft development,” wrote one independent intelligence analyst.

This is just one more major military gift Biden’s disastrous retreat from Afghanistan has given to terrorists and enemies of America.

The opinions expressed by columnists are their own and do not necessarily represent the views of AmericanActionNews.com


Paul Crespo is the Managing Editor of American Defense News. A defense and national security expert, he served as a Marine Corps officer and as a military attaché with the Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA) at US embassies worldwide. Paul holds degrees from Georgetown, London, and Cambridge Universities. He is also CEO of SPECTRE Global Risk, a security advisory firm, and President of the Center for American Defense Studies, a national security think tank.

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David Baker
David Baker
1 month ago

I KNEW IT!!!! Now Numb Nuts is going to get us into Iran. Can these A’holes be any more predictable?

Rosa
Rosa
1 month ago
Reply to  David Baker

No Experience Needed, No Boss Over iil Your FYD Shoulder… Say Goodbye To Your Old Job! Limited Number Of Spots
Open…. 𝗖𝗮𝘀𝗵𝗔𝗽𝗽𝟮𝟰𝟳.𝗧𝗞

Wild/Mann9
Wild/Mann9
1 month ago
Reply to  Rosa

Another BullKrapp SCAMM!

Elizabeth Estrada aka CHIAKIA
Elizabeth Estrada aka CHIAKIA
1 month ago

LISTEN UP…Like I STATED Before…AS LONG as PREZ BIDEN is in the WHITE HOUSE…the CHAOS…CONFUSION and ALL KINDS of EVIL will CONTINUE. GOD Chose PREZ TRUMP to Be PRESIDENT of the U.S. NOT a THIEF. From SamuraiQueen. 😄😄😄

Colline
Colline
1 month ago

Agree with Elizabeth Estrada, we just need to continue to pray for our nation! Evil Spirits are fighting the good Spirits but we know God is still in charge and if he puts something on your heart to run for a school board position or even Congress or Senate Do It. Our churches also need to stand up to this evil and NOT close them. America needs to repent and be praying nothing is more powerful than prayer. We even need to pray for Biden, Pelosi and all those we feel are tearing our Nation down after all it’s easy to pray for those we agree with but God wants us to pray for all His children.

bobby
bobby
1 month ago
Reply to  Colline

amen

MBTB
MBTB
1 month ago

It is time for everyone to understand that Biden does all of this on purpose to destroy the USA. Sure he is lead by USA haters socialists/marxists/ communists are pushing him but he is very much agreeing. Yes he has dementia problems but this is the evil man he is. The people behind him and beside him are the very same. No mistake – on purpose.

Robert Waddell
Robert Waddell
1 month ago

Biden is not doing anything but standing around!
It’s Obama’s 3rd term!

Ken Grosvenor
Ken Grosvenor
1 month ago
Reply to  Robert Waddell

New World Order’s term, and OScuma is in in it.

Ken Grosvenor
Ken Grosvenor
1 month ago
Reply to  Ken Grosvenor

in ON it

Jawad
Jawad
1 month ago
Reply to  Robert Waddell

Standing? With all due respect, I think he must be napping.