A senior official in the Chinese foreign ministry mocked the United States’ withdrawal from Afghanistan in a tweet that shows a video of Taliban members using an abandoned U.S. plane as a swing.
“The graveyard of EMPIRES and their WAR MACHINES. Talibans have turned their planes into swings and toys” tweeted senior Chinese official Lijian Zhao.
The video shows members of the Taliban giggling with joy as one man pushes another on a make-shift swing that is tied to the wing of an abandoned military plane.
The United States left behind tens of billions of dollars worth of military equipment amidst the Biden administration’s disastrous withdrawal from Afghanistan that resulted in the death of 13 U.S. servicemembers.
This is what your Government told you. This is what the media said.
Reportedly, the Taliban have seized 12 tanks, 51 armored fighting vehicles, 1,980 trucks, Jeeps, and vehicles, and 61 artillery mortars. It has been reported that the Taliban is in possession of 48 aircraft, but the functionality of the equipment remains to be seen.
The United States spent roughly $84 billion dollars in equipping and training the Afghanistan military between 2002 and 2018. As the Afghanistan military effectively surrendered to the Taliban, much of the equipment is now in their hands.