Hundreds of millions of dollars: Pentagon arming Afghan army

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Hundreds of millions of dollars: Pentagon arming Afghan army

The U.S. has provided hundreds of Humvee cars, helicopters, and aircraft to the Afghan National Army (ANA). Ariana News reported this today, Nov. 6, citing the Afghan Ministry of Defense.

In 2020, the Afghan National Defense and Security Forces (ANDSF) received 1,383 Humvees and 55 Mobile Strike Force vehicles, 10 helicopters, and four A-29 aircraft, as well as hundreds of night vision goggles, uniforms, and equipment.

Shah Mahmoud Mayakhel, deputy secretary of defense, and u.s. commander-in-chief john Diedrick said at a joint press conference that the U.s. and naTo will continue to support the ANDSF as the foreign military presence in Afghanistan decreases. Mayakhel thanked u.s. for its assistance, adding that “this equipment and weapons will be used to provide security to the people.

“maintaining Afghan security forces is vital to long-term stability and security in Afghanistan,” said Lt.
Afghan officials said the U.S. supplied the Afghan government and the ANDSF with $574 million worth of weapons in 2019 and will soon transfer another $102 million.