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During Fall of Kabul, Afghan Army Smuggled US Humvees Into Iran, Which Now Plans to Invade Iraq

    During the fall of Kabul, Afghan National Army deserters smuggled a convoy of humvees into Iran, Becker News can exclusively report. Multiple intelligence sources confirm the authenticity of the video, which was captured near Sheberghan in Afghanistan’s north on August 15, while the nation’s capital fell into the hands of the Taliban.

    “Afghan forces seeking refuge into the Islamic Republic of Iran. Love live Iran and Iranians,” a man says in Farsi. “Mr. Ghani: are we the barbarians or are you? We opened our borders to your forces. We Iranians continue to provide assistance.”

    Multiple intelligence sources confirm the video, which provides evidence that Afghan National Army defectors are cooperating with Iran. The U.S. humvees are believed to be in the possession of al-Shadad, a shadowy group of Iranian-backed militias that carried out strikes on Baghdad’s “green zone” during the U.S. occupation.

    Iran is now believed to be mobilizing for an offensive into Iraq, approximately in December, Pentagon and Middle Eastern-based sources tell Becker News.

    That U.S. military convoys made their way into Iran and are believed to be in the hands of the Iranian military officials was independently confirmed by the U.K.’s Sunday Times on Friday.

    “A convoy of US military vehicles provided to Afghan forces has been filmed heading for Tehran having been handed over to the Iranian authorities,” the Sunday Times reported. “The loss of the military equipment to Iran, America’s arch-foe in the Middle East, is a further embarrassment to the Pentagon after the Taliban were seen parading in Kabul in front of captured US-supplied vehicles.”

    “The convoy to Iran included Humvees and ‘MRAPs’, light armoured vehicles specially protected against mines,” the Times added. “The social media channel that first showed the film, and specialises in Iranian military affairs, said that the Iranians had also taken possession of American tanks.”

    “The US provided more than 22,000 Humvees to the Afghan security forces, along with almost 1,000 MRAPs and more than 50,000 other vehicles,” the Times added.

    There were images reported of the exfiltration of U.S. military equipment to the Iranian military.

    The sudden collapse of Afghanistan into the hands of the Taliban sets the stage for a complete geopolitical unwinding of U.S. foreign policy objectives in the Middle East carried out for decades. It will prove to not only be a colossal U.S. humiliation, but a gigantic waste of money. It will nonetheless put an end to rampant corruption that had been in place for decades.

    The U.S. government spent at least $83 billion purportedly building the Afghan National Army. Much of it was skimmed by corrupt officials, and most shockingly of all, a substantial amount even fell into the hands of the Taliban itself, a Pentagon source tells Becker News.

    “Every commander and leader in the last 20 years knew that 30-50% of all monies went to the Taliban/insurgents/fighters in the form of baksheesh (graft),” the source states. “We were told as we wrote the figurative check to increase amounts to cover known cost overruns because either each person in the hierarchy took a ‘taste’ or/and paid off the fighters.”

    One example of demonstrable corruption came from a Special Inspector General’s report from 2015 that showed that a fueling station in Sheberghan cost $43 million, which was approximately 140 times that of a similar project in Pakistan.

    In late August, a former Afghan National Army commander, General Samir Sadat, responded to the charges of corruption.

    “It’s true that the Afghan Army lost its will to fight,” Sadat said in the New York Times. “But that’s because of the growing sense of abandonment by our American partners and the disrespect and disloyalty reflected in Mr. Biden’s tone and words over the past few months. The Afghan Army is not without blame. It had its problems — cronyism, bureaucracy — but we ultimately stopped fighting because our partners already had.”

    The conditional U.S. military withdrawal in Afghanistan began under President Trump in February 2000, but was consistent with a prospective departure outlined under the Obama administration. The Biden administration’s announcement of an abrupt withdrawal after April set off a ‘domino effect’ of desertions.

    Biden said in April that “American troops cannot and should not be fighting in a war and dying in a war that Afghan forces are not willing to fight for themselves.”

    “In the months after US President Joe Biden’s April 2021 announcement of the troop withdrawal, intelligence reports warned that the Afghan military might not fight on its own, opening the way for a Taliban takeover after US forces withdrew,” the AP reported.

    “On August 10, a US intelligence assessment predicted a Taliban takeover within 90 days,” the AP added. “It took just five.”

    Nonetheless, President Biden pressured former Afghan president Ashraf Ghani on a July 23 phone call to present a false picture of the country’s precarious situation. Prior to the fall of Kabul, Ghani fled the country to Dubai with an estimated $169 million.

    On the July phone call between Biden and Ghani whose transcript was leaked to Reuters, Biden expressed the conviction that the Afghan National Army was capable of holding off the Taliban.

    “You clearly have the best military,” Biden told Ghani. “You have 300,000 well-armed forces versus 70-80,000 and they’re clearly capable of fighting well.”

    This estimate would prove to be entirely inaccurate. U.S. officials believe the true figure was around 50,000 committed troops, the New York Times noted. Meanwhile, Biden sent mixed messages in that he asked Ghani to mislead the international community about the nation’s deteriorating conditions.

    On a follow-up phone call between General Mark Milley, U.S. Central Command commander General Frank McKenzie, and National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan with Ashraf Ghani, the former Afghan president was further pressured to express a misleading assessment of Afghanistan’s volatile situation.

    “In this call, too, an area of focus was the global perception of events on the ground in Afghanistan,” the Reuters report added. “Milley, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, told Ghani ‘the perception in the United States, in Europe and the media sort of thing is a narrative of Taliban momentum, and a narrative of Taliban victory. And we need to collectively demonstrate and try to turn that perception, that narrative around’.”

    The Council on Foreign Relations’ Max Boot, a fierce critic of Donald Trump and former Biden proponent, paints a compelling picture that corrupt Afghan officials were exploiting the long-running war effort to milk U.S. taxpayers.

    “All of that corruption meant Afghan troop numbers, such as the one cited by Biden, were vastly exaggerated. The Washington Post’Afghanistan Papers project found that of the 352,000 soldiers and police counted as members of the country’s security forces, only 254,000 could be confirmed by the Afghan government. Commanders not only created ‘ghost soldiers’ to pad their payrolls but also skimmed the pay of serving soldiers and failed to deliver necessary supplies, the Post reported. To a large extent, that corruption was enabled by the United States’ free-spending ways. U.S. attempts to fight corruption were, by contrast, half-hearted and ineffectual.”

    The Associated Press provides a persuasive account of how the Afghan National Army folded so quickly in the absence of U.S. and Afghan government leadership.

    “If soldiers learn that other units have actually surrendered, they expect their own comrades’ resolve to be low and will become less likely to fight,” the AP notes. “A few initial surrenders or desertions can spark a few more, and then more and more until an entire army collapses.”

    “This is precisely what happened to the Afghan military,” the story continues. “As the US withdrawal began in May, the Taliban started gaining territory. As they advanced, the Taliban also negotiated with groups of Afghan forces stationed at outposts and in towns, and convinced some troops to surrender. Once the first bout of surrendering occurred and the news began to spread, others quickly followed, facilitating accelerating momentum to the Taliban as they advanced without facing major resistance. In the end, Afghan soldiers chose safety in numbers by surrendering together.”

    If President Biden and his military advisers knew the situation in Afghanistan was deteriorating, corruption was rampant, and surrender of the Afghan National Army was a real possibility, why did it not do more to secure U.S. military equipment? Now, some of the most high-tech military weaponry in the world is in the hands of the Islamic extremist Taliban government and the Iranian terror state. The U.S. has gone from fighting the War on Terror to funding it — all due to the recklessness and incompetence of the Biden administration.

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