Gravitas: Taliban claims it can fix ‘dismantled’ U.S. Aircraft

Gravitas: Taliban claims it can fix ‘dismantled’ U.S. Aircraft

here’s another question what becomes of the kabul airport now that the u.s has left the taliban say their so-called elite force the badri 313 will be in charge of the airport and you must know this this force derives its name from the historic battle of badr the one mentioned in the quran this was when an army of 300 soldiers defeated their enemies who were in the thousands so a small force defeating a very big one the taliban seem to have a penchant for symbolism but do they have the expertise to run an airport they lack skilled staff to take care of logistics say they managed to build an efficient team what’s the guarantee this airport will be a safe zone and most importantly what happens to afghans will they still be allowed to take flights out of kabul our next report has some details welcome to the kabul international airport the atmosphere here is of triumph and victory what you see are not western troops these are the taliban’s elite badri 313 guards they’re patrolling the runway posing for pictures and brandishing us-made m-16 rifles across the runway on the military side of the facility are hundreds of american aircraft partly dismantled and the tires deflated they lie like a symbol of america’s chaotic withdrawal inside the airport’s hangar ber313 guards could be seen examining the iconic chinook helicopters american troops had dismantled their systems before leaving can the taliban repair them we decided to find out i’m standing inside a hangar that has chinook helicopters the same chinook helicopters that were given by the us to the afghan for air force and the afghan army they’ve been damaged to the point beyond repair but uh the taliban engineers here say that they would be able to repair them overseeing the entire operation was taliban leader ana sakani the brother of sirajudin haqqani who is the deputy leader of the taliban and the chief of the haqqani network we asked him what exactly the taliban plans to do with the american war chest here’s what he told [Music] the pentagon may be telling americans that the aircraft left behind are inoperable but the taliban’s confidence about fixing them tells a different story what about the airport who will run it what state is the airport in in one word terrible after two weeks of chaos most of the critical infrastructure has been degraded or destroyed as have the passenger halls and air traffic control terminals they will have to be replaced for commercial flights to run again but will commercial flights run again will refugees be allowed to leave the taliban say they will keep the airport open for civilians that they will allow afghans with passports and visas to leave if they want to and leave in a dignified manner with peace of mind that’s the promise the fear is that taliban guards will stop those who worked with the collapsed government next question who will look after the airport security until now the airport was under american control the americans were managing evacuations along with contingents from other nato countries turkey had offered to run security after the withdrawal but the taliban refused any foreign military presence now they say only the padre 313 will look after the airport security but what about logistics who will take care of them in recent weeks civilian personnel from nato countries were taking care of air traffic control fuel supplies and communications now that they’ve left controlling logistics is going to be quite a task thousands of skilled workers have fled afghanistan reports say they aren’t enough trained workers left to run the logistics it will perhaps take weeks perhaps months before the taliban can put together a team and even then there’s no guarantee that the airport will be a safe zone [Music] report beyond world is one ryon is now available in your country download the app now and get all the news on the move
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Gravitas: Taliban claims it can fix \'dismantled\' U.S. Aircraft

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