Pakistani Taliban now using weapons and night vision devices U.S. left behind in Afghanistan
These weapons have surfaced in Kashmir as well. Old Joe Biden is a chief weapons supplier for the global jihad.
“U.S. arms left in Afghanistan surface in Pakistan Taliban insurgency,” by Zia Ur Rehman, Nikkei Asia, March 12, 2023:
PESHAWAR, Pakistan — Modern weapons and sophisticated night vision devices left behind by U.S.-led coalition forces withdrawing from Afghanistan and fleeing Afghan troops are being used by Pakistani Taliban militants to intensify attacks on law enforcement, police and experts say.
Plagued by an economic crisis, plunging currency and political polarization, Islamabad is also scrambling to contain the Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP), a banned militant group. Emboldened by the Afghan Taliban’s victory, the TTP has essentially gone to war against the Pakistani government.
The group was responsible for 89 attacks across Pakistan in 2022, mainly in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province, according to the Pakistan Institute of Peace Studies, an Islamabad-based think tank. That was up slightly from 87 in 2021 despite a roughly four-month cease-fire with Islamabad that was scrapped by the militants late last year.
In some attacks, police in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa determined that the TTP militants used advanced weapons and gadgets that had belonged to U.S. or Afghan forces to carry out nighttime ambushes. After one such attack in the suburbs of Peshawar on Jan. 14, Moazzam Jah Ansari, the provincial police chief at the time, revealed that the TTP had conducted a “coordinated” strike using high-tech equipment like thermal weapon sights.
The attackers killed three police officers, including a senior official.
Ansari said that TTP militants had used similar equipment in ambushes in Dera Ismail Khan, Bannu and Lakki Marwat, the most volatile districts in the province. Police statistics show 118 officers were killed in terror attacks in the province in 2022 alone.
U.S.-funded military equipment valued at $7.12 billion was in the possession of the former Afghan government when it fell to the Taliban in August 2021, according to a U.S. Department of Defense report last year.
After February 2022 attacks on two Pakistani military camps in Balochistan province, Pakistan’s then-Interior Minister Sheikh Rasheed Ahmad also claimed that Baloch Liberation Army separatists had used modern weapons left by the U.S. and coalition forces in Afghanistan.
The Taliban regime in Kabul issued several denials that the TTP and other militant groups had access to the abandoned equipment.
Yet recent TTP propaganda shows militants practicing with modern American-made weapons apparently from the Afghan army, noted War Noir, a weapons and conflict research group. They include M24 sniper rifles, M4 carbines with Trijicon ACOG scopes, and M16A4 rifles with thermal scopes.
Security experts and police officials say that the sophisticated weaponry puts cash-strapped law enforcement agencies at a disadvantage. “By using night vision devices TTP militants can see easily and target police personnel, performing their duties in the dark while policemen cannot see them coming,” said a midlevel police officer in the Dera Ismail Khan district, who requested anonymity because he was not authorized to speak to the media.
He suggested that the Afghan Taliban may have given some of the spoils of war to the TTP in return for the Pakistani group’s help in recapturing most of Afghanistan in 2021….