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Trump says Taliban should return US equipment or pay for it

US Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) (L) talks with Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) during a rally with fellow Democrats before voting on H.R. 1, or the People Act, on the East Steps of the US Capitol on March 08, 2019 in Washington, DC. (AFP photo)
CULLMAN, ALABAMA - AUGUST 21: Former U.S. President Donald Trump applauds as he finishing addressing a

Former US President Donald Trump says Taliban should return the equipment it has confiscated from Americans in Afghanistan or pay for it.

The Republican president, whose administration clinched a deal with Taliban last year, has joined the garage of criticism towards President Joe Biden, who is blamed for the chaotic withdrawal of American forces and takeover of Afghanistan by the group.

"Never in history has a withdrawal from war been handled so badly or incompetently as the Biden Administration’s withdrawal from Afghanistan. In addition to the obvious, ALL EQUIPMENT should be demanded to be immediately returned to the United States, and that includes every penny of the $85 billion dollars in cost," Trump said in a statement.

He further suggested that the US should go to war with Taliban again if they refuse to pay back for the supposed military equipment.

"If it is not handed back, we should either go in with unequivocal Military force and get it, or at least bomb the hell out of it. Nobody ever thought such stupidity, as this feeble-brained withdrawal, was possible!" he said.

Billions of dollars of US weapons are reportedly in the hands of the Taliban following the swift collapse of Afghan security forces.

The remaining US forces in Afghanistan are supposed to leave the country on Tuesday to mark the end of the occupation by Washington and its allies.

“We should brace ourselves for more chaos and disorder,” said Nathan Sales, who led the State Department’s Counterterrorism Bureau during the Trump administration. “It’s very difficult to do an evacuation at the same time you're doing a military retrograde, and that’s essentially the situation we’re in now.”

He made the comments amid fears of another attack by by Daesh terrorists, gaining increasing power in Afghanistan amid the US withdrawal.

“The next few days of this mission will be the most dangerous period to date,” White House press secretary Jen Psaki said in a statement on Friday.


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