According to sources, the Taliban is said to get their hands on the US army’s biometric devices, which contained some essential information and also have derived reports on the local Afghans who played an important role during the war.
America’s The Intercept informed the sources that the device has gone in the hands of the Taliban during their cease attack, are said to have some high profile information, which the nation fears can be used against them. The devices are said to be known as HIIDE, Handheld Interagency Identity Detection Equipment was restored by the Taliban last week. The data comprised is yet to be cleared but the techno devices had contained iris scans, fingerprints, and biological information which can be used to control databases at a higher scale. The fear that arises that these devices contained reports on those Afghans who helped the US during the war and now can be used by the Taliban to target the innocent.
“We processed thousands of locals a day, had to ID, sweep for suicide vests, weapons, intel gathering, etc.” a U.S. military contractor explained. “(HIIDE) was used as a biometric ID tool to help ID locals working for the coalition,” The Intercept quoted an unnamed US official as saying.
The White House proclaims that the Taliban would not be returning their devices, as quoted by National Security Advisor (NSA) Jake Sullivan said on Tuesday. He also further added there were a large number of weapons handed down by the US army to Afghanistan, which are also to be possed by the Taliban and shall also not be returned.
“We don’t have a complete picture, obviously, of where every article of defence materials has gone but certainly, a fair amount of it has fallen into the hands of the Taliban, and obviously, we don’t have a sense that they are going to readily hand it over to us at the airport,” he added.
The Taliban captured Afghanistan on Sunday after capturing the royal palace in Kabul. The official authorities are initiating a plan in Doha along with international communities and intra Afghan parties to formulate a government for Afghanistan.
All the countries are carefully considering the situation in Afganistan all the while evacuating their citizens from the country.