Afghan troops are filmed laying down arms as US general overseeing NATO exit says he's shocked by how quickly they've surrendered to the Taliban and 1,000 are caught fleeing the country

 Afghan troops have been filmed laying down their arms to the Taliban as the terror group shows off the American-made weapons it has seized after US and Nato troops beat a hasty retreat. 

The Afghan army is collapsing across the country and the Taliban appear to be winning the propaganda war with videos to prove that they will welcome surrendering soldiers - as long as they hand over their state-of-the-art weapons and Humvee armoured cars. 

The US left Bagram Airfield last week - its fortress in the country for nearly 20 years - by slipping away in the night without telling the base's new Afghan commander who discovered they had gone the next morning. 

However, General Austin Scott Miller, commander of US and Nato troops in Afghanistan, said he was shocked by how quickly the Afghan National Army had surrendered to the Taliban.  

'I don't like leaving friends in need,' he told ABC on Monday. 'We should be concerned. The loss of terrain and the rapidity of that loss of terrain has to be concerning. You look at the security situation, it's not good. 

'The Taliban are on the move. War is physical, but it's also got a psychological or moral component, and hope actually matters. What you don't want to have happen is that the people lose hope.'  

More than a thousand Afghan National Army soldiers fled into Tajikistan from the northern province of Badkhshan following clashes with the Taliban on Sunday. 

Tajikistan said that the Afghans were allowed to enter on the principle of 'good neighbourliness' but called up 20,000 reservists to bolster its border guard and prevent further flooding of the frontier. 


Taliban fighters survey armoured trucks and cars seized from an Afghan army base after they surrendered

Taliban fighters survey armoured trucks and cars seized from an Afghan army base after they surrendered

A line of US-made Humvee armoured cars which have fallen into the hands of the Taliban

A line of US-made Humvee armoured cars which have fallen into the hands of the Taliban

The terror group showed off piles of guns and rocket launchers which they seized from the Afghan army base

The terror group showed off piles of guns and rocket launchers which they seized from the Afghan army base 

The Taliban uploaded footage which purports to show Afghan National Army troops laying down their US-made arms and surrendering

The Taliban uploaded footage which purports to show Afghan National Army troops laying down their US-made arms and surrendering

The Taliban are on the move across the country, most notably in the northern province of Badakhshan which borders Tajikistan, sending Afghan troops fleeing over the border. Meanwhile in Kandahar province to the south the jihadists are encircling their former capital city

The Taliban are on the move across the country, most notably in the northern province of Badakhshan which borders Tajikistan, sending Afghan troops fleeing over the border. Meanwhile in Kandahar province to the south the jihadists are encircling their former capital city

Afghan soldiers purportedly surrendering to Taliban warlords in footage uploaded by the terror group
Afghan soldiers purportedly surrendering to Taliban warlords in footage uploaded by the terror group

Afghan soldiers purportedly surrendering to Taliban warlords in footage uploaded by the terror group

A Taliban fighter shows off a US standard issue M4A1 assault rifle seized from the Afghan base

A Taliban fighter shows off a US standard issue M4A1 assault rifle seized from the Afghan base 

Machine guns and boxes of ammunition seized by the Taliban from the vanquished Afghan forces

Machine guns and boxes of ammunition seized by the Taliban from the vanquished Afghan forces 

Taliban war chiefs show off US made weapons and ammunition seized from the Afghan National Army's Sultan Khil military base to the west of Kabul
A Taliban fighter shows off a rocket

Taliban war chiefs show off US made weapons and ammunition seized from the Afghan National Army's Sultan Khil military base to the west of Kabul

A box of ammo seized from surrendering Afghan troops
A crate filled with grenades seized by the Taliban

The Taliban showed off brand new and unopened boxes of ammunition and grenades, most of which appeared to be from America, which they had seized from the surrendering Afghan troops

A Taliban chieftain welcomes Afghan National Army troops - the terror group are keen to show that they will welcome surrendering forces with open arms, taking their valuable weapons and 'forgiving' them for their 'weakness' in fighting with the US-led coalition

A Taliban chieftain welcomes Afghan National Army troops - the terror group are keen to show that they will welcome surrendering forces with open arms, taking their valuable weapons and 'forgiving' them for their 'weakness' in fighting with the US-led coalition

The Taliban appear to be winning the propaganda war with videos online purporting to show the surrender of Afghan National Army soldiers
The Taliban appear to be winning the propaganda war with videos online purporting to show the surrender of Afghan National Army soldiers

The Taliban appear to be winning the propaganda war with videos online purporting to show the surrender of Afghan National Army soldiers

In the capital of Badakhshan, Faizabad, video emerged which purported to show Afghan officials attempting to flee on a commercial jet as the Taliban surrounded the town of around 30,000 people.

Some civilians are trying to escape by road but many have accepted the return of the Taliban as a fact of life.

'The Taliban have cut off all gates out of the city, and there are checkpoints on all the roads, searching for government officials. Those who can have abandoned the city, by air of course,' one local resident called Abdul told The Times.

'Most districts in Badakhshan are falling without any fighting. Many believe that officials have done a secret deal with the Taliban. People are afraid of what comes next.'

Ahmad Zaman, another Faizabad resident, told the paper: 'The situation is really bad. Everyone is in fear and panic. The Taliban are gaining control without fighting. The insurgents are sending messages to Afghan forces to surrender without fighting.'

President Ashraf Ghani has promised a counter-attack and sources said that commandos had been deployed to defend the town.

The assaults across the country, from Helmand in the south to Badakhshan in the north, come just days after the bulk of US and British troops left Afghanistan.

Last week, all US and NATO forces left Bagram Air Base near Kabul - the command centre of anti-Taliban operations - effectively wrapping up their exit after a two-decade campaign that began in the wake of 9/11. 

According to the Afghan army, the Americans slipped out in the night by turning off the power and leaving without telling the base's new commander - who discovered they had gone the next morning.  

'We (heard) some rumor that the Americans had left Bagram ... and finally by seven o'clock in the morning, we understood that it was confirmed that they had already left Bagram,' Gen. Mir Asadullah Kohistani, Bagram's new commander said. 

Before the Afghan army could take control of the airfield about an hour's drive from the Afghan capital Kabul, it was invaded by a small army of looters, who ransacked barrack after barrack and rummaged through giant storage tents before being evicted, according to Afghan military officials.

'At first we thought maybe they were Taliban,' said Abdul Raouf, a soldier of 10 years. He said the the U.S. called from the Kabul airport and said 'we are here at the airport in Kabul.'

Kohistani insisted the Afghan National Security and Defense Force could hold on to the heavily fortified base despite a string of Taliban wins on the battlefield. The airfield also includes a prison with about 5,000 prisoners, many of them allegedly Taliban. 

Afghan soldiers who wandered Monday throughout the base that had once seen as many as 100,000 U.S. troops were deeply critical of how the U.S. left Bagram, leaving in the night without telling the Afghan soldiers tasked with patrolling the perimeter.

'In one night, they lost all the goodwill of 20 years by leaving the way they did, in the night, without telling the Afghan soldiers who were outside patrolling the area,' said Afghan soldier Naematullah, who asked that only his one name be used.

Within 20 minutes of the U.S.'s silent departure on Friday, the electricity was shut down and the base was plunged into darkness, said Raouf, the soldier of 10 years who has also served in Taliban strongholds of Helmand and Kandahar provinces. 

The sudden darkness was like a signal to the looters, he said. They entered from the north, smashing through the first barrier, ransacking buildings, loading anything that was not nailed down into trucks. 

On Monday, three days after the U.S. departure, Afghan soldiers were still collecting piles of garbage that included empty water bottles, cans and empty energy drinks left behind by the looters. 

An Afghan soldier stands guard on a security tower at Bagram airfield after US troops left

An Afghan soldier stands guard on a security tower at Bagram airfield after US troops left

An Afghan soldier plays a guitar that was left behind when the Americans departed Bagram air base

An Afghan soldier plays a guitar that was left behind when the Americans departed Bagram air base

On Sunday, the Taliban captured another area of southern Kandahar and announced further gains in Helmand, provinces where the blood of hundreds of US and British troops was spilled over the last two decades

On Sunday, the Taliban captured another area of southern Kandahar and announced further gains in Helmand, provinces where the blood of hundreds of US and British troops was spilled over the last two decades


Kohistani, meanwhile, said the nearly 20 years of U.S. and NATO involvement in Afghanistan was appreciated but now it was time for Afghans to step up.

'We have to solve our problem. We have to secure our country and once again build our country with our own hands,' he said.

A small number of troops have remained to advise the Afghan National Army who still hold all of the major towns and cities.

The US have said they will retain a 1,000-strong force to protect foreign diplomatic missions and Kabul international Airport. 

British special forces sources said that a small contingent of SAS troops might also remain, with Downing Street still in talks with the top brass over the precarious situation. 

There are mounting fears that the Taliban could soon march on major urban centres such as Kandahar.

Fierce clashes in Kandhar province at the weekend resulted in yet more victory for the jihadists, who overran the district of Panjwai, formerly the home of its supreme leader Haibatullah Akhundzada, it's just over 20 miles from the provincial capital.

The district could provide a platform for the capture of Kandahar, a city of 600,000, which acted as the Taliban's capital during the 1990s.  

Afghan authorities on Tuesday deployed hundreds of commandos and pro-government militiamen to counter the Taliban's blistering offensive in the north.

'We are planning to launch a big offensive to retake the lost territories from the enemy,' Fawad Aman, a spokesman for the Ministry of Defence told AFP.

'Our forces are being organised on the ground for this operation.'

Hundreds of troops and pro-government militiamen were deployed in the northern provinces of Takhar and Badakshan where the Taliban have captured swathes of territory, often without any fighting.

Afghan defence officials have said they intend to focus on securing major cities, roads and border towns in the face of the onslaught.

The speed and ease of the Taliban's effective takeover of swathes of areas in Takhar and Badakhshan represent a massive psychological blow to the Afghan government.

'Afghan forces have lost their morale,' said analyst Atta Noori in Kabul.

'It is an emergency situation for the Afghan government. They need to step up their counteroffensive as soon as possible.'

Afghan commander General Mirassadullah Kohistani, who is now in charge of Bagram Air Base put on a brave front when asked about the insurgents rapid gains.

'We are trying to do the best and as much as possible secure and serve all the people,' he said.


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