The Biden administration is considering launching airstrikes against American-made equipment that is currently being used by the Taliban.
Following the unsuccessful withdrawal of the American military, the Taliban, a terrorist organization present in Afghanistan for decades, seized control of the country along with loads of American military equipment. Initial reporting by Reuters suggests the US fears its equipment will be used to attack Afghan citizens, or fall into the hands of other opposition such as the Islamic State, Russia, and China.
Since the US military entered Afghanistan in 2001, it provided 600,000 weapons, 75,000 military vehicles, 200 aircraft, and a total of $85 billion spent on the Afghan army. It is unclear how much equipment has fallen into terrorist hands.
Representative Michael McCaul, a Texas Republican who is on the House Foreign Affairs Committee, said, “We have already seen Taliban fighters armed with U.S.-made weapons they seized from the Afghan forces, this poses a significant threat to the United States and our allies.”
Since the Taliban’s takeover in Afghanistan, the American military has not executed any attacks or rescue missions to bring home over 10,000 American citizens trapped in the country. The Biden administration called for the deployment of an additional 1,000 soldiers, bringing the total up to roughly 5,000.