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Another Impeachable Offense? US Keeps Sending Military Weapons to Ukraine – But Doesn’t Know What Happens to Them

Jim Hoft
April 20, 2022

Before fleeing Afghanistan in a rush last fall Joe Biden armed the Taliban terrorist organization with approximately $80 billion in US weapons. The White House and Pentagon have never admitted to how many billion dollars worth of weapons they left behind for the Islamist group.

Joe Biden supplied the Taliban terrorist organization and their Islamist accomplices with billions of dollars worth of US arms.

Rather than destroying the equipment before leaving the country, Joe Biden decided to leave the nearly $85 billion worth of US military equipment to the Taliban.

As The Gateway Pundit reported on Sunday — Joe Biden left 300 times more guns than those passed to the Mexican cartels in Obama’s Fast and Furious program.

This more complete list was created with public information and help from other intelligence sources.

The list does not include all the extra kinds of nonlethal equipment, everything from MRE’s, Medical Equipment, and even energy drinks.

The big story might be the pallets of cash the Taliban have been posting videos of pallets of weapons and stacks of $100 bills they have seized.

Here is a more complete list of US-supplied and left behind equipment list now controlled by Taliban:

-2,000 Armored Vehicles Including Humvees and MRAP’s
-75,989 Total Vehicles: FMTV, M35, Ford Rangers, Ford F350, Ford Vans, Toyota Pickups, Armored Security Vehicles etc
-45 UH-60 Blachhawk Helicopters
-50 MD530G Scout Attack Choppers
-ScanEagle Military Drones
-30 Military Version Cessnas
-4 C-130’s
-29 Brazilian made A-29 Super Tocano Ground Attack Aircraft 
208+ Aircraft Total
-At least 600,000+ Small arms M16, M249 SAWs, M24 Sniper Systems, 50 Calibers, 1,394 M203 Grenade Launchers, M134 Mini Gun, 20mm Gatling Guns and Ammunition
-61,000 M203 Rounds
-20,040 Grenades
-Howitzers
-Mortars +1,000’s of Rounds
-162,000 pieces of Encrypted Military Comunications Gear
-16,000+ Night Vision Goggles
-Newest Technology Night Vision Scopes
-Thermal Scopes and Thermal Mono Googles
-10,000 2.75 inch Air to Ground Rockets
-Recconaissance Equipment (ISR)
-Laser Aiming Units
-Explosives Ordnance C-4, Semtex, Detonators, Shaped Charges, Thermite, Incendiaries, AP/API/APIT
-2,520 Bombs
-Administration Encrypted Cell Phones and Laptops all operational
-Pallets with Millions of Dollars in US Currency
-Millions of Rounds of Ammunition including but not limited to 20,150,600 rounds of 7.62mm, 9,000,000 rounds of 50.caliber
-Large Stockpile of Plate Carriers and Body Armor
-US Military HIIDE, for Handheld Interagency Identity Detection Equipment Biometrics
-Lots of Heavy Equipment Including Bull Dozers, Backhoes, Dump Trucks, Excavators

Much of the information included in the above list is public record.

But that was not enough.

Now the Biden Administration is sending hundreds of millions of US dollars in weapons to Ukraine — But they don’t know what happens to these weapons.

Ukraine is ranked as one of the most corrupt countries in a recent Corruption Perceptions Index and the most corrupt country in Europe.

Newsmax reported:

Without U.S. troops in Ukraine, tracking the use of lethal aid to Ukraine amid Russia’s invasion has shortcomings, including relying on the very beneficiary that would be inclined to keep asking for more.

How the anti-tank, anti-aircraft, and other weaponry are being used by Ukraine is going to be a bit of an unknown, but it will not stop the Biden administration from supplying those amid war, sources tell CNN.

“We have fidelity for a short time, but when it enters the fog of war, we have almost zero,” a source told CNN. “It drops into a big black hole, and you have almost no sense of it at all after a short period of time.

“It’s hard to track with nobody on the ground,” a source added.

The Biden administration is sending “certainly the largest recent supply to a partner country in a conflict,” according to a senior defense official. Thus far, the U.S. has transferred hundreds of millions in equipment, but the need to supply Ukraine is trumping the potential for the weapons winding up in the wrong hands, according to the report.

The U.S. is forced to admit it is relying on Ukraine’s honesty on the use of the aid and weapons, even if Ukraine might be inclined to only share information that keeps the supply from the U.S. ongoing.

There is potentially billions in aid to come.

More… The US has sent over $2.5 billion to Ukraine.

Biden Family Business Tied to $Trillions in Lithium Acquired by China through U.S. Afghanistan Withdrawal

Jon Fleetwood
September 11, 2021

The Biden family profits from the U.S. withdrawal from Afghanistan and China’s subsequent acquisition of Afghanistan’s lithium.

QUICK FACTS:
  • Hunter Biden owns 10% of Chinese state-owned private equity firm Bohai Harvest RST.
  • Bohai Harvest owns Contemporary Amprex Technology Co. Limited, the world’s largest lithium-ion battery maker.
  • Days before Biden’s Afghan withdrawal, Contemporary Amprex Technology announced it was soon to raise $9 billion to fund six projects aimed at boosting its production capacity of lithium-ion batteries.
  • Biden’s withdrawal from Afghanistan left the country’s $3 trillion in lithium reserves to Taliban-friendly China and its state-controlled equity firms like Hunter Biden’s Bohai, which owns the world’s largest lithium-ion battery maker.
TIMELINE:
  • In 2009, Hunter Biden (son of Joe Biden) and Christopher Heinz (stepson of the former chairman of the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations, former U.S. Secretary of State, and current U.S. Special Presidential Envoy for Climate John Kerry) created the international private equity firm Rosemont Seneca Partners (here).
  • Rosemont Seneca Partners would be officed less than a mile from Kerry’s 23-room Georgetown mansion, and just two miles from both Joe Biden’s then-office in the White House and his residence at the Naval Observatory.
  • In June 2015, Rosemont Seneca obtained a 20% equity stake in Bohai Harvest RST, a Chinese private equity firm that Hunter Biden had been a board member of since its founding in 2013 until 2019.
  • Bohai Harvest relies heavily on an international subsidiary of the state-owned Bank of China to finance its investments, according to The Intercept.
  • Between June 2014 and October 2015, Rosemont Seneca Bohai wired between $10,000 and $150,979 to Hunter Biden for undisclosed purposes. In total, Hunter Biden received $708,302 from Rosemont Seneca Bohai, according to The Daily Caller.
  • In October 2017, Hunter Biden’s company Skaneateles LLC took 10% (here) of the Bohai stake from Rosemont Seneca, Hunter investing $420,000.
  • Demand for lithium is projected to increase 40-fold above 2020 levels by 2040, according to the Institute for Energy Research (IER).
  • CATL’s stock skyrocketed between November 2020 and February 2021 (when Joe Biden came to power), and is currently over $500 per share, up from under $200 the same time last year.
Screenshot from yahoo.com taken September 10, 2021
  • China currently controls the supply chains for most of the production and/or processing of lithium, notes IER.
  • In May 2021, Biden announced the U.S. will rely on “ally” countries such as China to supply the bulk of the metals needed to build electric vehicles and focus on processing them domestically into battery parts, according to Reuters.
  • But Afghanistan is the “the Saudi Arabia of lithium” as it is naturally rich in the precious metal essential for electric vehicle batteries and battery storage technologies, like those produced by CATL.
  • In early August 2021, Biden signed an executive order to make half of all new vehicle sales by 2030 zero emissions vehicles (here).

Days before Biden’s botched mid-August withdrawal from Afghanistan, CATL said it was planning a private share placement to raise up to 58.2 billion yuan ($8.98 billion) to fund six projects aimed at boosting its production capacity of lithium-ion batteries, according to Reuters.

  • Biden’s administration disastrously withdrew U.S. troops from Afghanistan in mid-August 2021.
  • Only days after the U.S. military withdrew from Afghanistan, the Taliban took control of major cities and installed themselves in the presidential palace in Kabul.
  • The Biden admin. left billions of dollars worth of U.S. weaponry to be seized by the Taliban.
  • In early September 2021, the Taliban announced a partnership with China, namely that China will be their “main partner” in helping rebuild Afghanistan. The Taliban have an interest in China’s Belt and Road Initiative and see it as a revival of the ancient Silk Road, according to The Post Millennial.

Biden’s withdrawal ultimately handed Afghanistan’s valued $3 trillion lithium reserves (here) to China.

Afghanistan Frees Nearly 200 Taliban Prisoners to Push Peace Talks

Hamid Shalizi and Abdul Qadir Sediqi
September 2, 2020

KABUL—Afghanistan has freed nearly 200 Taliban prisoners to spur long-delayed peace talks, as a team of negotiators readies to fly this week to Qatar’s capital, Afghan officials said on Wednesday.

The prisoners formed part of a group of 400 jailed “hardcore” Islamist separatists whose stalled release had appeared set to delay talks between the government and the insurgent group to end nearly two decades of war.

“The Afghan government has released another batch of the remaining Taliban prisoners and the work is still underway to move the prisoner exchange process forward,” Sediq Sediqqi, a spokesman for President Ashraf Ghani, said in a statement.

He did not give the exact number, however. Two officials said the releases from the main jail in the capital Kabul took place on Monday and Tuesday, at the same time that the Taliban freed six Afghan special forces.

About 120 prisoners remain to be freed in line with Taliban demands, including six whose release some Western governments, including Australia, have objected to.

A government-mandated negotiation team is likely to fly on Thursday to Doha, the initial venue for negotiations, said Fraidoon Kwazoon, the spokesman for Abdullah Abdullah, the head of the High Council for National Reconciliation.

“Tomorrow the team is leaving for Doha,” he told Reuters, without saying when talks were expected to start.

The 400 prisoners were the last of 5,000 whose release was agreed in a February pact between the United States and the Taliban allowing for the withdrawal of U.S. troops.

The release was a condition for the start of talks between the Taliban and the government, which also wants the militants to free 24 members of the Afghan special forces and pilots.

The government was reluctant to release the last 400 prisoners, whom it blamed for involvement in some of the worst violence. After freeing 80 last month, it delayed further releases as the Taliban dismissed calls for a ceasefire.

Wednesday’s release came amid a surge in Taliban violence and clashes with Afghan troops. In eastern Paktia province, a Taliban car bomb killed three Afghan security forces, a regional official said, while elsewhere, the defense ministry said, 24 Taliban were killed in the last 24 hours.

Thousands of Afghan security forces and civilians have been killed since the February peace deal, data from the United Nations, and the government shows.

By Hamid Shalizi and Abdul Qadir Sediqi