Calculable Losses? Arms Transfers to Afghanistan 2002–21

By
Matt Schroeder
Briefing Paper
English

Following the Taliban’s assumption of control in Afghanistan in August 2021, uncertainty has persisted about the scale, scope, and specific elements of the arsenal it captured from the previous regime. A new report from the Small Arms Survey, based on hitherto unpublished official data, provides the most refined picture to date of the arsenals captured by the Taliban.

Calculable Losses? Arms transfers to Afghanistan 2002–21a new Briefing Paper from the Small Arms Survey’s Contributing to Preventing Arms Proliferation from, within, and to Afghanistan project—analyses the publicly available data on arms exports to Afghanistan, identifies gaps in this data, and provides previously unreleased data obtained from the US government. 

Keywords: Afghanistan Arms transfers Illicit trafficking Stockpiles