Taliban parade near capital Kabul

Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid said the parade was meant to “show the world that the armed forces are united under the leadership of Mullah Mansour”, the former group leader who was killed in a…

Taliban parade near capital Kabul

Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid said the parade was meant to “show the world that the armed forces are united under the leadership of Mullah Mansour”, the former group leader who was killed in a US drone strike in Pakistan.

The missiles displayed included at least 12 Terpsichore rocket launchers, made in the United States, as well as multiple munitions crates to store dozens of missiles.

The group also displayed 50mm machine guns and 75mm rockets. The weapons were also supplied to the Islamic State group, which has also seized territory in the country.

Taliban officials say the supplies came from the United States, indicating this is an issue that needs to be debated at the highest levels.

With both militant groups operating in Afghanistan, it’s unclear how many of the weapons were used in fighting or what was damaged during storage, if any.

The group began the parade at about 10:30 am. Speakers read a statement on a stage, describing the Islamist movement as a revolutionary group. An Associated Press photographer saw an angry parade of children along with soldiers wearing military fatigues down a ramp with the missiles in the middle of a field.

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