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Iran’s military receives a windfall at U.S. taxpayers’ expense.
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09/22/2021
 

Iran Receives Abandoned U.S. Military Equipment

Iran’s military receives a windfall at U.S. taxpayers’ expense.

BY JOSHUA TAYLOR

Iran’s military is getting an upgrade courtesy of the United States-armed Taliban. In images that surfaced on social media, a convoy of flatbed trucks carrying American Humvees and lightly armored ambush-resistant vehicles were stopped at the Semnan-Garmsar road police station. The Semnan-Garmsar road runs between the Afghanistan border and Tehran. BBC's Kian Sharifi wrote on Twitter, "What I am certain of is that those are Humvees and that is an Iranian road."

Popular Iranian social media platform the Telegram Channel claimed Iran had also taken possession of American tanks.

According to the Channel, which specializes in Iranian military affairs, the vehicles are destined to be reverse-engineered. Iran has already proved it can copy advanced U.S. military hardware. In December 2011, Iran captured and reverse-engineered a U.S. RQ-170 Sentinel spy drone. In 2018, Israel shot down one of the Iranian knock-offs of the drone after it flew into Israeli airspace. Israeli Brig. Gen. Tomer Bar said, "The Iranian drone was quite advanced and emulated Western technology."

 

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