Zabiullah Mujahid, the spokesman of the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan (IEA), denied the accusations by US House Foreign Affairs Committee Chairman Michael McCaul that the IEA is trading weapons left by US troops to Washington’s “enemies like Iran and the Palestinians against Israel.
Mujahid said on Twitter that the claims are false and that the IEA has preserved all of the military equipment since it took power.
Mujahid tweeted that “such propaganda is the scheme of those who seek to create tension and who cannot accept the current stability in Afghanistan and spread lies against it.”
This comes after McCaul told CNN on Sunday that the IEA is selling weapons that US troops left at the former Bagram military base. He said the report “found that we should not have left Bagram where we have over $7 billion of taxpayer weapons left behind that now, by the way, the Taliban are selling to our enemies like Iran and the Palestinians against Israel. This is a huge foreign policy mistake.”
McCaul also said that President Joe Biden is “out of touch with reality” after he refused to admit any fault for the Afghanistan withdrawal and that he was ignorant of what was happening on the ground and wanted to “ignore Afghanistan.”
The report released on June 30 found that both the Biden and Trump administrations contributed to the disastrous withdrawal and investigators said the State Department’s operation “was hampered by the fact that it was unclear who in the Department had the lead.