Taliban denies selling US left weapons to terrorist groups

The Taliban has rejected recent allegations that the group has been selling weapons and military equipment left behind by the US as “untrue” and “conspiracy”.

Zabihullah Mujahid, the Taliban’s main spokesperson, said in a series of tweets on Monday that the group “seriously rejects” the allegations.

He indicated that the weapons, ammunition, and military equipment left behind by US and NATO forces following their withdrawal in August 2021 are “confiscated” and “stored” in the country’s reserves. He said that no one is allowed to “smuggle” or “sell” these weapons.

Mujahid said that “some biased elements” are circulating “conspiracy and propaganda” against the Taliban because they “cannot bear the current stability in Afghanistan.”

In recent months, several reports have surfaced accusing the Taliban authorities of selling and smuggling these weapons and military equipment out of Afghanistan.

A recent report suggested that former weapons, night vision and thermal sights, and other small arms have been “supplied” to Tehrik-i-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) militants in Pakistan to attack Pakistani security forces and army outposts.

Earlier reports showed that a large number of these weapons have also reached militants in Palestine and in Kashmir.