Report: Biden Administrator Removed Reports Detailing Arms Costs In Afghanistan On Multiple Federal Websites
A new report indicates that several federal websites have removed audits related to the costs of military weapons provided to security forces in Afghanistan since 2001 from their websites.
Forbes indicated Tuesday that they had earned a “admission“To erase the State Department reports.
In question is the almost $ 83 billion in military equipment and training costs described by the magazine last week. The team has been a point of contention for critics of the president who have noted that much of him has reportedly lagged behind Biden’s withdrawal from Afghanistan.
That is, in the hands of the Taliban.
Forbes, however, considers the erasure of information pertaining to the cache of weapons left behind suspicious.
“The war in Afghanistan has always been a black box,” they write, “but the Biden administration just made things worse.”
If you delete the data from the public record, people may start to think that it didn’t happen.
The Biden Administration Deleted Afghan Arms Reports From Federal Websites https://t.co/cpKFQw7GEW
– Dinesh D’Souza (@DineshDSouza) September 1, 2021
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Weapons left in Afghanistan
A graphic circulating online describes the weapons involved in what Forbes describes as the “staggering costs” of funding Afghan security forces.
The estimate of $ 85 billion has has been disputed in part because the figure includes the cost of training and accommodation for the Afghan police during a 20-year presence in the country.
What Forbes has determined is that those costs, however, involve 75,898 vehicles, 208 aircraft, and at least 600,000 infantry weapons.
It was nice that the United States left its new counterterrorism partner, the Taliban, in arms worth $ 85 billion. pic.twitter.com/Fzsr8NzXzs
– CJ Werleman (@cjwerleman) August 30, 2021
Even knowing that the amount is less than $ 85 billion, it appears that the Biden administration does not want it to be known how those figures are broken down regardless.
“Biden officials recently ordered federal agencies to remove their official reporting websites detailing the $ 82.9 billion in military equipment and training provided to Afghan security forces since 2001,” Forbes writes.
In fact, both the Special Inspector General for the Reconstruction of Afghanistan (FOLLOW), which had an audit of $ 174 million in lost drones, and the Government Accountability Office (GAO), which had a more comprehensive audit of the military equipment provided, now leads to torn pages.
The FOLLOW page that contains the report shows a broken link on August 24 according to the internet files, while it was still active on August 17.
The GAO report was similarly inactive on August 24 according to a review of internet files but it was still active on August 13.
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What are they hiding?
Forbes points out exactly what the deleted reports had provided the American public regarding weapons in Afghanistan.
“The audits and refined reports included a detailed accounting of what the United States had provided to the Afghan forces, down to the number of night vision devices, hand grenades, Black Hawk helicopters and armored vehicles,” they write.
The Biden administration appears to have deleted multiple reports on federal government websites related to the cost of weapons in Afghanistan.
– Rusty Weiss 🇺🇸 (@ rustyweiss74) September 1, 2021
They also report that the State Department “admitted to removing the reports, but justified the move as a way to protect Afghan allies.”
“The security of our Afghan contacts is of the utmost importance to us,” said a spokesman.
“The State Department advised other federal agencies to [sic] review your web properties for content that highlights cooperation / engagement between an Afghan citizen and the US government or a partner of the US government and remove it from public view if it poses a risk to security ”, they added.
– Jerry Dunleavy (@JerryDunleavy) September 1, 2021
Or maybe it’s because the exhaustive audits show what might be currently in the hands of the Taliban. And the weapons, many of them, are in fact currently in the hands of the Taliban, whether they are “unusable” or not.
“We don’t have a complete picture, obviously, of where each piece of defense material has gone, but certainly a good amount has fallen into the hands of the Taliban,” said White House national security adviser Jake Sullivan.
SIGAR and GAO confirmed with Forbes the State Department’s directive to remove the reports.
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