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Old 10-05-2021, 07:06   #1
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The mind Boogles...

if true.




https://redstate.com/jenvanlaar/2021...uvenir-n451105

"During the last hours of the evacuation, according to troops under his command and as documented by photographs and witness statements, Donahue ordered all of the passengers aboard a C-17 transport plane to disembark so he could have a souvenir loaded onto the plane. That souvenir, or “war trophy,” was an inoperable Taliban-owned Toyota Hilux with a fully operational Russian ZU-23 anti-aircraft autocannon mounted in the bed. Once the Hilux was loaded passengers were allowed back on the plane, but, of course, there wasn’t room for all of them. According to troops on the scene, at least 50 people and perhaps as many as 100 people were left at Kabul to make room for the Hilux."

One military intelligence source, who requested anonymity, told RedState:

“Some of those on the last planes out were key HUMINT assets. At least 50, likely as many as 100 were left behind after being removed from the flight. But the 50 were bonafide personnel that should have been evacuated. They will likely never be heard from again. The Taliban was given literally everything that would prevent any of those people from hiding or escape and evasion, and we know that there are a lot of ‘disappearings’ going on.”
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Old 10-05-2021, 18:16   #2
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Well at least one was saved. It really is a tragedy so many HiLuxs have been destroyed.
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Old 10-05-2021, 18:51   #3
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Well at least one was saved. It really is a tragedy so many HiLuxs have been destroyed.

I’d buy one today, for cash, if they were available here in the states. I know, like most here that have been there, those things never need anything but fuel and someone who knows how to drive stick. They just flat out work. The “AK” of trucks!
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I've still yet to see a HI-Lux sporting an Uber sign or a Dominos delivery sign.

...but hey when you have a 12.7 mm heavy machine gun on your Hi-Lux - who needs capitalism
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I’m just trying to wrap my head around the fact that the General found one that’s INOP?

I didn’t know that was possible! (Unless it got hit by a Maverick filled with kids.)
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Old 10-05-2021, 23:03   #6
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Is this general the same ass clown who requested the Brits to stop rescuing Americans because it was making his cowardly, I mean "risk averse" ass, look bad?
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Old 10-06-2021, 01:53   #7
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I’d buy one today, for cash, if they were available here in the states. I know, like most here that have been there, those things never need anything but fuel and someone who knows how to drive stick. They just flat out work. The “AK” of trucks!
My experience with them was they were always extremely dependable and got around well in various terrain. I abused the hell out of one once on a night movement with NODs. The ISF dudes didn't have NODs so I was driving. There was a DshK mounted in the back and I'm not quite sure how that gunner managed to stay on

Too bad they don't make those models for distro in the States. Leave to a weak ass general to find a broken one.
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Old 10-06-2021, 09:05   #8
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Leave to a weak ass general to find a broken one.
He probably didn't find it. People like that have others out chasing their shiny object, people that could be doing other, more relevant, things.
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Too bad they don't make those models for distro in the States. Leave to a weak ass general to find a broken one.
They were sold in the U.S. until the '80s or '90s. They're probably dependable because Toyota didn't want to add all the emissions crap required for the U.S. They made a neat little sports car in the '60s that looked similar to the Datsun 240Z that also could not be imported to the U.S. because it was chain driven. I know this because I backed a mud-covered jeep up the hood of one after a typhoon on Okinawa. (Funny story involving an Art. 15 followed!)
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