At a cost to the taxpayer of as much as $85 billion, the hardware has now fallen into the hands of the Taliban after the Afghan government collapsed almost overnight, recasting the terrorist organization as perhaps one of the most powerful militaries in the region.
The U.S. State Department has more or less admitted that it either ordered or encouraged the online scrubbing of the material by multiple government agencies, including audits of the equipment provided to the now-defunct Afghan military and police.
“The safety of our Afghan contacts is of utmost importance to us. The State Department advised other federal agencies to review their web properties for content that highlights cooperation/participation between an Afghan citizen and the USG or a USG partner and remove from public view if it poses a security risk,” a spokesperson told the Washington Examiner.
Non-military information is also reportedly being deleted.
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