Biden administration ERASES records of the $83 billion worth of weapons, training and aid given to Afghanistan's armed forces since 2002 as the Taliban takes what was left into their possession

 The Biden administration has begun scrubbing public records detailing the $82.9 billion U.S. investment in Afghanistan's armed forces to protect Afghan officials and military officers from Taliban reprisals.

Federal agencies have been told to remove information detailing the colossal investment from website as Afghanistan's new rulers show off their newly acquired hardware.

Taliban fighters stood aboard captured Humvees and armored SUVs as they paraded through Kandahar, where propaganda video has circulated of a Black Hawk flying overhead.

In all, they are believed to have seized an air force worth tens of millions of dollars although U.S. officials say aircraft were disabled before the departure of international troops. 

The total amount of hardware supplied to Afghanistan is staggering. Between 2003 and 2016, the U.S. supplied 208 aircraft and almost 76,000 vehicles, along with 600,000 weapons, according to a 2017 report by the U.S. Government Accountability Office.

But details of that weaponry is now disappearing under orders from the State Department.

'The safety of our Afghan contacts is of utmost importance to us,' said a spokesperson.

'The State Department advised other federal agencies to review their web properties for content that highlights cooperation/participation between an Afghan citizen and the USG or a USG partner and remove from public view if it poses a security risk.'

Taliban forces showed off their military hardware during a victory parade in Kandahar on Wednesday as they celebrated the retreat of U.S. forces and their capture of Afghanistan

Taliban forces showed off their military hardware during a victory parade in Kandahar on Wednesday as they celebrated the retreat of U.S. forces and their capture of Afghanistan

A Taliban fighter poses in the cockpit of a C-130 Hercules transport plane that was left behind during the evacuation

A Taliban fighter poses in the cockpit of a C-130 Hercules transport plane that was left behind during the evacuation

A US-made $6 million UH-60 Black Hawk helicopter is seen flying over a convoy of Taliban fighters on its way to join the fight against the resistance in the Panjshir Valley on Wednesday
A Black Hawk being flown by the Taliban today

A US-made $6 million UH-60 Black Hawk helicopter is seen flying over a convoy of Taliban fighters on its way to join the fight against the resistance in the Panjshir Valley on Wednesday

A string of federal reports have been removed from websites as officials scour them for any information that could threaten the safety of Afghan allies

A string of federal reports have been removed from websites as officials scour them for any information that could threaten the safety of Afghan allies

Details were first revealed by Forbes

In the recent days, visitors to the website of the Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction found several links to reports detailing spending and misuse of funds to return 404 error messages.

“In recent days, some SIGAR reports have been temporarily removed from the agency’s public website due to ongoing security concerns in accordance with guidance received from the U.S. Department of State,' said a spokesperson for SIGAR. 

'This is in line with actions taken by other U.S. federal agencies and is out of an abundance of caution.'

None of it can hide the extraordinary bounty that the jihadists have collected as they ploughed across the country capturing 10 major airfields from Bagram to Mazar-i-Sharif.

Taliban chiefs are reported to have ordered their troops to hunt down pilots from the disbanded Afghan Air Force, who received expensive training from the US and its allies to fly high-tech warplanes and choppers.

The jewel in the crown, Hamid Karzai International Airport in Kabul, was seized on Tuesday by triumphant jihadists who were seen clambering into the cockpit of a $14 million Hercules transport jet. 

The Afghan Air Force was operating 167 aircraft, including 108 helicopters and 59 planes, according to an official U.S. government inspection on June 30. 

Before Kabul fell, Uzbekistan confirmed that 46 Afghan aircraft, including 24 helicopters, had arrived in the country in order to prevent them from falling into the hands of the Taliban. 

The commander of the US evacuation mission, Gen. Frank McKenzie, said American troops disabled 73 aircraft before finally leaving the country on Monday night.

That leaves as many as 48 aircraft seized by the Taliban, although it is unclear what the breakdown is in terms of planes and helicopters. 

Nevertheless, if the Islamists have that many operational aircraft, it gives them more air power than 10 of the 30 Nato members, namely: Albania, Bosnia, Estonia, Iceland, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Montenegro, North Macedonia and Slovenia. 

The Taliban are believed to have got hold of as many as 48 aircraft which the US and its allies were either unable to disable or fly overseas. This means that the terrorists have an air force which is greater in number than that of 10 Nato countries

The Taliban are believed to have got hold of as many as 48 aircraft which the US and its allies were either unable to disable or fly overseas. This means that the terrorists have an air force which is greater in number than that of 10 Nato countries

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A-29 attack planes which appear largely intact are seen alongside a huge amount of western body armour and tactical helmets left behind by retreating troops

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At the top of the Nato tree is the United States with more than 13,000 aircraft, followed by France with 1,057, Turkey with 1,056, Italy with 876 and the United Kingdom with 738. 

It is unclear how many former pilots the Taliban have been able to recruit, however, a video which emerged on social media this month showed a group of militants flying in a Russian-made Mi-17 chopper. 

Another today, showed a Black Hawk heading to the contested Panjshir Valley north of Kabul where the country's last stand is being fought by the Northern Alliance resistance fighters. 

It is unlikely that an amateur would be able to get such a helicopter off the ground, let alone be able to land it. 

According to the June 30 tally by the US-based Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction (Sigar), the Afghan Air Force had 43 MD-530 helicopters, 33 Black Hawks, 32 Mi-17s, 33 C-208 propeller planes, 23 A-19 turboprop light attack planes and 3 Hercules C-130s. 

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Taliban fighters driving in US-made armoured cars through the streets of Kandahar, the terror group's de-facto capital
Taliban fighters in Humvees

Taliban fighters driving in US-made armoured cars through the streets of Kandahar, the terror group's de-facto capital

Footage uploaded to social media shows Taliban fighters driving armored vehicles through Kandahar after vanquishing the US-backed Afghan National Army

Footage uploaded to social media shows Taliban fighters driving armored vehicles through Kandahar after vanquishing the US-backed Afghan National Army

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Soviet-era tanks are filmed by advancing Taliban fighters. The Russians fought in Afghanistan in the 1980s and also left behind some of their hardware
Soviet-era tanks are filmed by the Taliban

Soviet-era tanks are filmed by advancing Taliban fighters. The Russians fought in Afghanistan in the 1980s and also left behind some of their hardware

A Taliban fighter filmed an array of Soviet-era tanks. It's unclear what military worth, if any, the vehicles still have

A Taliban fighter filmed an array of Soviet-era tanks. It's unclear what military worth, if any, the vehicles still have


A single Black Hawk helicopter costs around $6 million, while a Hercules transport jet comes in at $14 million per unit.

Although many of the planes were flown away before the runways were seized, satellite imagery revealed that not all of them made it.

Analysis of satellite images commissioned by the BBC revealed that six days after Kandahar airport was captured by the Taliban, there were five aircraft - at least two MI-17s choppers, two Black Hawks and a third unidentified helicopter.

Around a month before the airbase was seized, there were 16 aircraft spotted - including nine Black Hawks, two MI-17s and five fixed-wing planes. 

The aircraft were either flown to other runways in the country or shifted overseas.

Biden administration ERASES records of the $83 billion worth of weapons, training and aid given to Afghanistan's armed forces since 2002 as the Taliban takes what was left into their possession Biden administration ERASES records of the $83 billion worth of weapons, training and aid given to Afghanistan's armed forces since 2002 as the Taliban takes what was left into their possession Reviewed by STATION GOSSIP on 10:28 Rating: 5

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