Sky News Washington Correspondent Annelise Nielsen says “any way you cut it” the Taliban does “have its hands” on a pretty significant arsenal of weapons left by the United States government.

Ms Nielsen said reports are stating more than 22,000 Humvees, 8,000 trucks and 169 armoured personnel carriers were left behind in Afghanistan.

Along with this, more than 350,000 assault rifles, 126,295 pistols and 64,363 machine guns were left in Afghanistan – plus dozens of helicopters.

“The argument of the US military is they’ve said they’ve managed to deactivate a significant amount of that military equipment before they left,” Ms Nielsen said.

“The other argument is the Taliban’s not sophisticated enough, especially with low literacy rates, to be operating such sophisticated machinery.

“But it’s still a big PR win for them – there’s a potential to on-sell a lot of that equipment.”

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