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Dem Rep Garamendi spins Taliban takeover, says seized US weaponry was ‘property of the Afghan authorities’

Rep. John Garamendi, D-Calif., tried to spin experiences of Taliban militants displaying off their newly acquired U.S. weaponry, arguing that the gear was really “property of the Afghan authorities” when it was seized in the course of the Taliban’s takeover of the nation.

“Nearly the entire American navy gear was faraway from Afghanistan previous to this mission of evacuating from the Kabul airport,” Garamendi, who sits on the Home Armed Providers Committee, instructed MSNBC on Monday. “Now, that gear is gone.”

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“There’s typically the misunderstanding right here about different American gear,” he continued. “The U.S. has armed the earlier Afghan authorities, 300,000 troopers and the entire gear that goes with it. We’ve been doing that for the final 20 years. With the collapse and whole disappearance of the Ghani authorities, that gear fell into the palms of the Taliban and so they now have it. Certainly, it’s American gear, however it was the property of the Afghan authorities.”

The U.S. has supplied an estimated $83 billion value of coaching and gear – together with plane, armored automobiles, rifles, and tactical gear – to Afghan safety forces since 2001. The Afghan Nationwide Protection and Safety Forces surrendered lots of these weapons because the Taliban made their approach by means of Afghanistan. After the central Afghan authorities collapsed to the Taliban on Aug. 15, photos and movies have proven militants admiring their newly acquired weaponry.

“We don’t have an entire image, clearly, of the place each article of protection supplies has gone, however definitely, a good quantity of it has fallen into the palms of the Taliban,” President Biden’s nationwide safety adviser Jake Sullivan instructed reporters on Aug. 17.

Garamendi mentioned “nearly the entire American navy gear” was faraway from Afghanistan, regardless of a number of experiences saying the U.S. navy gear Taliban acquired was value billions of {dollars}. Home Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., was referred to as out earlier this month for making an attempt to spin comparable experiences, saying, “That is what occurs once you withdraw.”

The U.S. evacuation effort on the airport in Kabul, Afghanistan, is predicted to conclude Tuesday, greater than two weeks after the capital’s collapse on Aug. 15. U.S. officers have mentioned that whereas evacuating People and Afghans is the highest precedence, evacuating gear introduced in for the mission was additionally a spotlight and that managed detonations remained an choice.

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“With regard to gear and equipment that was introduced in to cope with this specific evacuation, sure, that can have the ability to be evacuated. A few of it already is,” Garamendi mentioned Monday.

“Now, going ahead will we have the ability to get the entire People out? I feel the quantity in all probability 300 or so, sure,” he added. “The evacuations will proceed till the final American jet leaves that airport. These evacuations will proceed even after the American navy has left. There’ll proceed to be evacuations from Kabul and from different areas. That’s going to happen. With regard to the entire Afghans which are on the market in bother, they are going to proceed to be evacuated as doable.”

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