The Taliban celebrated its victory on Wednesday, Sept. 1, parading along a road with displaying U.S. military equipment they captured during their takeover of Afghanistan after the Biden administration withdrew American forces from the country.
The Islamist militants staged their victory parades in Kandahar, the second-biggest city in Afghanistan, showing off the military hardware such as Black Hawk helicopters, dozens of armored vehicles, and weapons abandoned by U.S. troops, New York Post reported.
A video shared by the Post showed armed fighters standing on top of a long line of Humvees and other tactical vehicles with Taliban flags as they drove along the road.
The Post said many militants were cradling American M16 rifles and other weapons used by the U.S., NATO, and Afghan forces.
On Monday, U.S. Central Command chief Gen. Kenneth McKenzie rattled off a list of equipment the U.S. military left at Kabul’s airport when the final troops flew out. The listed items include a C-RAM rocket defensive system, about 70 vehicles designed to protect against blasts, and at least 27 Humvees.
The chaotic withdrawal leaves 121 aircraft potentially in the hands of Taliban fighters.
The U.S. insisted the abandoned military equipment was deactivated before they left Kabul. Still, the Taliban also seized the hardware Afghan security forces were using—which was funded by the U.S. during the decades-long war.
Former President Donald Trump on Tuesday said that he believes the Biden administration should order the Taliban to return all U.S. military equipment to the United States or face military consequences.
Biden on Tuesday defended his decision on the U.S. withdrawal, hailing the operation as an “extraordinary success.”
“This is the right decision. A wise decision. And the best decision for America,” he said during an address to the nation.
“No nation has ever done anything like it in all of history; only the United States had the capacity and the will and ability to do it,” Biden said.