The Taliban has seized four more helicopters as well as other military equipment which were left behind by Afghan government forces.
The helicopters were seized at Kandahar Airport that was captured by Taliban fighters on August 13. Footage showing the seized helicopters, two Mi-8/17s and two US-made UH-60 Black Hawks, was released on August 14.
The Mi-8/17s were dismantled and place in storage. However, the two Black Hawks appeared to be in an operational condition.
Afghan sources reported a number of US airstrikes on Kandahar Airport on August 14. The US military may have targeted the airport to destroyed the captured Black Hawks. This yet to be confirmed, however.
Footage reportedly showing #Taliban at Kandahar airport #Afghanistan with 2 #US supplied UH-60 Blackhawk (one under maintenance, one on apron) and 2 stored Mi-17 Hip helicopters pic.twitter.com/STpePO12NO
— Joseph Dempsey (@JosephHDempsey) August 14, 2021
A day earlier, Taliban fighters seized a total of eight military helicopters in Herat, Helmand and Ghazni. At least two of the seized helicopters in Herat, both Mi-8/17, were put into service by the Taliban. The helicopters were seen flying on August 14.
— Asfandyar Bhittani (@BhittaniKhannnn) August 14, 2021
Taliban fighters also seized more than ten M1117 Armored Security Vehicle after ambushing a convoy of the Afghan National Army that was retreating from the province of Zabul to the capital, Kabul.
Another video of the several American APCs taken by TB in Wardak after the SOF convoy was intercepted and made to surrender in Wardak. #Afghanistan
— FJ (@Natsecjeff) August 14, 2021
The M1117 is armed with a 40 mm Mk 19 grenade launcher and a .50 caliber M2HB machine gun. The ASV is also equipped with an IBD Modular Expandable Armor System. The US supplied Afghan government forces with more than 600 vehicles of this type.
The Taliban is already using the weapons seized from government forces to develop its attacks on several fronts across Afghanistan.
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