The Taliban operated as insurgent fighters for two decades but have used the large stock of weapons and equipment left behind when the former Western-backed government collapsed in August to overhaul their forces. The parade was linked to the graduation of 250 freshly trained soldiers, a defense ministry spokesman said.
The exercise involved dozens of U.S.-made M117 armored security vehicles driving slowly up and down a major Kabul road with Russian-designed MI-17 helicopters patrolling overhead. Many soldiers carried American-made M4 assault rifles.
Most of the weapons and equipment the Taliban forces are now using are those supplied by Washington to the American-backed government in Kabul in a bid to construct an Afghan national force capable of fighting the Taliban.