The Taliban have now been confirmed to have taken over large numbers of advanced weaponry Western coalition forces used to train Afghanistan’s military. Australia’s Chief of the Defence Force General Angus Campbell said this week the equipment has fallen into the hands of the Taliban and also Pakistan, who are believed to have bought the weapons from the Taliban. Political commentator Caleb Bond hit out at US President Joe Biden for his embarrassing retreat from Afghanistan in August, insisting he was to blame for the insurgents for becoming so well-armed.
Speaking to Sky News Australia, Mr Bond said: “A mistake of the Biden Administration to have pulled out of Afghanistan in the way it did and as fast as it did.
“The Taliban now must be one of the best armed terrorist groups in history.
“And it’s not only the mass of the arms they’ve got, it’s the quality of the arms they’ve got.
“And we saw the vision this week of little girls being sold off to much older men for prices of around $500 because people in Afghanistan can’t afford to feed themselves anymore under the Taliban.”
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He added: “This is what the US and other countries gifted them by pulling out so fast. It’s an absolute disgrace.
“And if Biden is not held to account for this, something is seriously wrong.”
Joe Biden faced severe backlash after his Administration miscalculated the Taliban’s ability to reclaim Kabul ahead of the departure of US troops.
The arrival of the insurgents to Afghanistan’s capital precipitated an already-tense situation, resulting in thousands of Afghans who worked with Western forces to rush to Karzai Airport hoping to escape the country.
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Pakistan has called on governments to allow development assistance to flow into Afghanistan and to unfreeze billions of dollars in its central bank assets to prevent economic collapse.
Despite the generally good relations between the Taliban and Pakistan, they have had problems.
National carrier Pakistan International Airlines last month suspended operations from Kabul after it accused Taliban officials of interference.
Traders have also complained that some crossings on their common border have been closing regularly, disrupting flows of goods.