September 27, 2021

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Taliban say grenades, ammunition at destroyed CIA base still usable – New York Post

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The Taliban claim they can still use grenades and piles of ammunition left behind at a CIA base in Kabul after US troops hurriedly blew up the complex before withdrawing from Afghanistan.

Members of the Taliban’s elite Badri 313 unit were pictured inspecting the ruins — including demolished buildings and destroyed vehicles — on Tuesday after the US destroyed the Central Intelligence Agency base back on Aug. 28.

Taliban commander Mullah Hasnain claimed that grenades packed in dozens of crates filled with rockets were still usable — despite the US saying they’d left as little military equipment as possible behind for the militants.

“We can still shoot with them,” Hasnain said of the piles of unused ammunition scattered across the ground, according to Agence France-Presse.  

The Taliban commander said they stood by and watched US troops blow up the CIA base and boasted of how they didn’t stop American forces from leaving.

A member of the Taliban Badri 313 military unit walks amid debris of the destroyed Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) base.
A member of the Taliban Badri 313 military unit walks amid debris of the destroyed CIA base.
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“We were there for nine or 10 days,” Hasnain said. “There were lots of explosions.

“We didn’t stop them, even the last convoy that went by road to the airport. We didn’t attack them, because we followed orders from our top officials.”

Members of the Taliban Badri 313 military unit stand beside damaged and discarded vehicles parked near the destroyed CIA base in Deh Sabz district northeast of Kabul.
Members of the Taliban Badri 313 military unit stand beside damaged and discarded vehicles parked near the destroyed CIA base in Deh Sabz district northeast of Kabul.AAMIR QURESHI/AFP via Getty Images

The Taliban commander complained about the deliberate destruction of the base — and even went as far as to say the US had left the militants empty-handed.

“We need everything for the country, including weapons — we don’t have enough to ensure security,” he said. “Now we have to buy them from other countries.”

A member of the Taliban Badri 313 military unit walks amid debris of the destroyed Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) base
Taliban commander Mullah Hasnain even complained about the the US leaving the Taliban militants empty-handed.
AAMIR QURESHI/AFP via Getty Images

“The US came to Afghanistan saying that they would rebuild the country,” he added. “This is their real face, they didn’t leave anything.

“We let them go peacefully, and look what they’ve left behind. Before going, they destroyed everything.”

The destruction of the CIA base came just one day after an ISIS-K suicide bomber killed 13 US service members and more than 100 Afghans outside Kabul airport.

A member of the Taliban Badri 313 military unit stands besides damaged vehicles kept near the destroyed Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) base
The US destroyed the CIA base back on Aug. 28, 2021.
AAMIR QURESHI/AFP via Getty Images

Last week, Taliban fighters held victory parades as they brazenly showed off US military equipment — including Black Hawk helicopters, dozens of armored vehicles and weapons — abandoned by US troops amid the botched withdrawal.

The total value of the weapons and equipment abandoned by the US was not immediately known, but it is likely to be in the tens of millions of dollars and potentially arms an enemy combatant.

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