Calculable Losses? Arms Transfers to Afghanistan 2002–21

Matt Schroeder
Briefing Paper

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 A new report from the Small Arms Survey, based on hitherto unpublished official data, provides the most refined picture to date of the arsenals captured by the Taliban.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.

Available in: ENGLISH

For more, check out:

  • Records released by the US Defense Security Cooperation Agency in response to a request under the Freedom of Information Act for 'records on firearms, light weapons, and their ammunition exported (supplied) to the Afghan National Security Forces (ANSF) in the Security Cooperation Information Portal (SCIP) [from] 1 January 2002 through 1 August 2022.' (posted March 2024)
Keywords: Afghanistan Arms transfers Illicit trafficking Stockpiles