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It’s a good time for Afghan weapons merchants in the Taliban stronghold.

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It's a good time for Afghan weapons merchants in the Taliban stronghold.
On September 4, 2021, an Afghan seller exhibits weapons for sale as he waits for clients in his store at a market in the Panjwai district of Kandahar province.

PANJWAI: The Taliban takeover has left Afghanistan in limbo, but weapons trader Khan Mohammad is capitalizing.

His business in the Panjwai area, southern Kandahar province, is teeming with new stock.

Mohammed displayed his goods, including US-made Smith & Wesson handguns and ammo belts, in camouflage battle jackets and bandoliers.

The front glass exhibit included more guns, grenades, walkie-talkies, and bullet jars.

On September 4, 2021, pistols, hand grenades, and ammo are shown on display for sale in a store in Kandahar province’s Panjwai area.

Several gun owners have decided they no longer need their weapons after the war ended.

“People who had firearms for years bring them,” he added.

Mohammad also has a client.

“We purchase and sell to the Mujahideen,” he added.

They don’t allow anybody else has them.

Mohammad had more than simply weapons.

Ceiling-hung Taliban baseball hats with the Muslim faith declaration emblazoned on them. There were also flags for sale.

On September 4, 2021, the weapons merchants also sell Taliban banners and accessories in the Panjwai area of Kandahar province.

Another vendor in the dusty Panjwai bazaar offered more powerful goods, decorated with huge Taliban flags and photos of senior Taliban commanders.

They featured AK-47s, M4 and M16 assault rifles, and even light machine guns.

The Taliban bought guns and ammo on the illicit market for years. According to UN and Western observers, they also seized weapons and equipment from abandoned military positions.

The recent Afghan military defeat provided a weapons windfall for terrorists.

On September 4, 2021, an Afghan seller prepares ammunition for sale while waiting for clients in his store at a market in the Panjwai district of Kandahar province.

Afghanistan’s new overlords now have humvees, armored personnel carriers, and at least one working Black Hawk helicopter.

The militants are also maximizing their gains.

The Taliban are profiting off abandoned Afghan and Western military outposts.

They took Panjwai district in July as the US-led withdrawal from Afghanistan progressed.

From building materials to metal trays rescued from the district’s Afghan military camp, everything was for sale.

According to one arms dealer, on September 4, 2021, the Taliban purchase their stock and do not allow others to acquire guns in the Panjwai area of Kandahar province.

“We got them all from the Taliban when they seized the Afghan army base,” claimed seller Murtaza.

“Now we sell them.”

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