Taliban filmed taking Black Hawk chopper for joyride after £13bn weapon haul

Taliban soldiers have been filmed trying to fly a US Black Hawk helicopter after seizing it during their invasion of Afghanistan.

The extremist group have reportedly made off with £13bn worth of weapons and vehicles that had been abandoned by the Afghan army during the lightning-quick offensive this month.

They have even flaunted their state-of-the art weaponry in a number of propaganda pictures.

Much of the equipment had been donated to the Afghan army by the US – including dozens of Black Hawk helicopters.

A video going viral online shows a Taliban pilot attempting to fly one such chopper.

But he seems unable to get it off the ground and instead taxis it down a runway near Kandahar.

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Intelligence officials from the US fear around 150 helicopters and planes are at the Taliban’s disposal – including 45 Black HawkS.

And more than 200,000 firearms had previously been donated to the Afghan army, including M24 snipers and assault weapons, which may now have been seized.

According to the Mirror, other supplies listed to have fallen into the Taliban's hands are said to be an A-29 light attack aircraft worth £17 million, 100,000 70mm rockets along with 89,000 combat, and new shirts worth around £3million.

The rise to power once more of the Taliban has sparked concerns that the UK and other countries in the West could be targeted by terrorists.

Counter terror officers have feared a Taliban takeover for months, knowing it would give al-Qaeda back the “ungoverned spaces” in the deserts and mountains, the terror training grounds where Osama bin Laden plotted his 9/11 attacks.

Chilling warnings have come from military chiefs, an ex-MI5 boss, intelligence experts and security officials, who fear the UK will face atrocities like the 2013 murder of soldier Lee Rigby, killed by extremists Michael Adebolajo and Michael Adebowale.

“If they cannot get the US, the UK remains a large target," Colonel Richard Kemp, former commander of British forces in Afghanistan, said.

"Freedom in Afghanistan, as we have seen with 9/11, will give them time and help to plan such an attack.”

“We face the danger of an attack right now from jihadists already here who are inspired by what they have witnessed of the Taliban victory in Afghanistan."

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