Toyota and the Taliban in Afghanistan

 

World-Trader.com (AutoTrader)  August 26 – On October 7, 2001, a coalition formed by the United States (Britain, Germany, France, Canada, Australia, Italy, and the Netherlands) launched a war in Afghanistan, resulting in the overthrow of the Taliban regime.

The United States has been operating here for 20 years and has exhausted approximately US$1 trillion, but before the US military completely withdrew, the Taliban regime was rebuilt in just three months.

This war in Afghanistan can be said to be the biggest military failure of the United States in the past 50 years.

Below are two photos from the New York Times. Their common ground is clear at a glance.

It can be clearly seen that the car brands on the picture are all Toyotas.

Taliban armed forces drove Toyota vehicles to strike forcefully against government forces and stationed in the capital Kabul.

But why does the Taliban have so many Toyota cars?

Many foreigners wonder about this. In fact, the fate between the Taliban and Toyota started very early.

In 1996, when the Taliban first captured Kabul, a reporter from “India Today” reported that the brand of tanks and trucks full of ammunition rampant in Kabul was Toyota. In 2001, the “New York Times” also reported that Toyota vehicles are the most suitable tool for intimidation and action.

The “love” of the terrorists was unacceptable to Toyota.

Toyota’s American spokesperson responded: This is not a good way of publicity.

This is the ISIS that shocked the world in the past two years

In fact, Toyota Hilux has excellent maneuverability, machine guns, anti-aircraft guns, rotating cannons, anti-tank weapons, anti-tank guns, ATGM, pursuit guns, multiple rocket launchers, recoilless rifles and other supported weapons. Can be equipped.

A Hummer sells for up to $220,000, and its alternative, the joint light tactical vehicle, also costs $500,000. But a Toyota Hilux only costs 20,000 US dollars. Simply put, it can be understood that one tank can buy more than 260 Toyota Hilux.

Not only terrorists, but even humanitarian organizations such as the International Red Cross and the United Nations often use Toyota vehicles in war-torn areas.