Taliban Got Huge Amount of Weapons, Including Over 100 MANPADS: Russian Defense Minister
© REUTERS / Noorullah ShirzadaAfghan alleged former Taliban fighters carry their weapons before handing them over as part of a government peace and reconciliation process at a ceremony in Jalalabad on February 24, 2016
© REUTERS / Noorullah Shirzada
MOSCOW (Sputnik) - The Taliban* got a huge amount of weapons after taking over Afghanistan, including more than a hundred man-portable air-defense systems (MANPADS), and this poses a threat, Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu said on Tuesday.
"The first and main threat is that the Taliban got a huge amount of weapons. A huge one," he told reporters.
Shoigu noted that it included hundreds of armored vehicles, airplanes and helicopters.
"I'll tell you that there are more than a hundred MANPADS alone," the minister said.
"Nobody controls and cannot control it," he added.
* The Taliban is a terrorist organisation outlawed in Russia and many other countries