Illicit weapons in Afghanistan: Taliban seizures of US-equipment are only a fraction of the story


Recent Taliban seizures of equipment previously supplied to Afghan security forces by the United States and NATO likely constitutes one of the most significant large-scale diversions of military equipment in recent history. This Frontline Perspective is the first in a series that will draw out key findings from CAR’s Afghanistan data set.

Between February 2019 and July 2021, CAR investigators documented over 1,600 small arms and light weapons, more than 1,300 rounds of ammunition, and dozens of related items, such as night vision equipment, riflescopes, and components for improvised explosive devices (IEDs) seized by Afghan security forces from the Taliban and other armed groups.

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Source: Conflict Armament Research.