At the level of Western arms, the Taliban could welcome more “jihadists”
Update: Aug 28, 2021 01:08 STI
Kabul [Afghanistan], Aug. 28 (ANI): After gaining their hands on sophisticated US weapons following their alleged victory in Afghanistan, the Taliban are more likely to harbor more jihadists.
The Taliban captured Afghanistan after 20 years when US President Joe Biden announced the end of the US military mission in late August.
Asia Times’ Dnyanesh Kamat said that with a massive inventory of US and NATO weapons, the Taliban has become the world’s deadliest terrorist group.
He said the rise to power of the Taliban is a serious threat to Afghanistan’s immediate neighborhood and beyond. By some estimates, at least $ 230 million in U.S. stocks are now in their hands, including weapons, ammunition, vehicles, drones and airplanes.
Another piece of equipment worth $ 19 million allocated to the Afghan police is now in the hands of the Taliban, Dnyanesh Kamat wrote in Asia Times.
According to Kamat, videos circulating on social media showed the Taliban posing in front of US Black Hawk helicopters and Brazilian-made AN-29 ground attack jets. Apart from that, the former government also had Russian-designed Mi-17 helicopters.
It seems that at least for the more advanced weapons, like airplanes, the Taliban lacks technical know-how in terms of operation or maintenance. Yet this does not exclude the fact that ideologically aligned foreign jihadists possessing such capabilities may offer their services. Or that the Taliban could sell some of the excess stocks to jihadist groups on the international black market.
This will fuel terrorism in the region and beyond in the same way the civil war in Libya fueled Islamist terrorism in the Sahel.
The Taliban gain in Afghanistan shattered jihadist cyberspace. Terrorist groups like Hayat Tahrir al-Sham in Syria have cited the Taliban victory as an example worth emulating.
Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula praised the Taliban for “emancipating” Afghanistan. Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan, also known as the Pakistani Taliban, has previously pledged allegiance to its Afghan counterpart.
According to reports, terrorists from Lashkar-e-Taiba and Jaish-e-Mohammed in Kabul. Ayman al-Zawahiri, al-Qaeda leader since 2011, is believed to be living in Afghanistan under Taliban protection.
Zawahiri pledged allegiance to Hibatullah Akhundzada, the leader of the Taliban, in 2016. Oddly, the pledge of allegiance was not the other way around – Akhundzada pledged allegiance to the leader of al-Qaeda.
The Taliban and al-Qaida are today not only linked by ideology but also by matrimonial ties. In addition, there are 10,000 foreign terrorists in Afghanistan from various countries, including those allied with ISIS, according to Dnyanesh Kamat of Asia Times.
Several explosions occurred outside Hamid Karzai International Airport on Thursday, US President Joe Biden said the United States had reason to believe leaders of the Islamic State-Khorasan terrorist group were behind the attacks .
Biden said Islamic State-Khorasan planned complex attacks on US and other forces in Afghanistan after they were released from prisons during the Taliban takeover of Afghanistan. (ANI)