Taliban creating “grand army” for Afghanistan that will include officers, troops who served old regime.

Written by on February 22, 2022

The official tasked with overseeing the military’s transformation have said on Monday that the Taliban are creating a “grand army” for Afghanistan that will include officers and troops who served the old regime.

Head of the Taliban’s Ranks Clearance Commission, Latifullah Hakimi, also told a news conference they had repaired half the 81 helicopters and planes supposedly rendered unserviceable by US-led forces during last year’s chaotic withdrawal.

He said Taliban forces took control of more than 300,000 light arms, 26,000 heavy weapons, and around 61,000 military vehicles during their lightning takeover of the country.

According to reports, Afghanistan’s armed forces disintegrated last summer in the face of a Taliban onslaught ahead of the August 31 US-led force withdrawal.

Ameen J. Kantyok

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