Taliban fighters felt angry and betrayed after discovering that Afghan National Army helicopters abandoned at Kabul’s airport have been rendered inoperable by departing US troops, according to a report.
Al Jazeera reporter who toured a hangar on the military side of the airport said in a video that the terrorist group “expected the Americans to leave helicopters like this in one piece for their use.”
“When I said to them, ‘why do you think that the Americans would have left everything operational for you’? They said because we believe it is a national asset and we are the government now and this could have come to great use for us,” she continued.
The US troops disabled/demilitarized all equipment at Hamid Karzai International Airport prior to their departure.
Meanwhile, the Taliban are hoping to get the commercial side of the airport reopened for flights in the coming days.
Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid on Wednesday said that their technical teams are “repairing and cleaning” the airport and had advised people not to loiter around the area for the time being.
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