The United States is worried that the Taliban will threaten civilians in Afghanistan with American weapons. This is reported by Reuters, citing sources in the U.S. government.
The sources said the Taliban have received a large amount of U.S. weapons since taking over Kabul and will use them against Afghan civilians. They also saw a threat that military equipment could fall into the hands of the Islamic State.
Officials say U.S. President Joe Biden's administration is considering airstrikes on the largest sites in Afghanistan where U.S. weapons are stored. However, officials are concerned that this could displease the Taliban.
Intelligence estimates that the Taliban control 2,000 armored personnel carriers, about 40 aircraft, including UH-60 Black Hawks, reconnaissance attack helicopters, and ScanEagle military drones.
Since 2003, the United States has provided at least 600,000 infantry weapons to Afghan forces, including M16 assault rifles, 162,000 pieces of communications equipment, and 16,000 night-vision devices.