Norwegian defense equipment may end up in the Taliban’s hands

Taliban fightersPhoto: AP Photo
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There are still some Norwegian armored vehicles and off-road vehicles at the international airport in Kabul. The Norwegian Armed Forces fear they could end up in the Taliban’s hands.

Colonel and head of the logistics department at the Armed Forces’ Joint Operations Headquarters Morten Andersen told newspaper VG that Norway still has defense equipment in Kabul. Among other things, the equipment was intended to be donated to the Afghan special forces.

“The equipment we had intended to donate included a pair of light off-road vehicles, ATVs, a total of six armored Toyota land cruisers, a number of containers, some equipment, and consumables,” he said.

First priority – evacuation

He noted that the first priority for the Armed Forces is to get personnel out. Then they will decide what happens to the equipment.

“We must decide whether we will try to retrieve these land cruisers and equipment, neutralize it on the spot, or accept that it will be used by someone else,” he said.

He added he could not rule out that it might end up in the hands of the Taliban, as the equipment is in Kabul at the moment. However, the intention is to try to get it back to Norway.

Source: © NTB Scanpix / #Norway Today / #NorwayTodayNews

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