Washington Post Debunks Fake $83 Billion Pricetag of Weapons Seized by Taliban — But Only Awards ‘Three Pinocchios’

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Washington Post fact-checker Glenn Kessler thoroughly debunked a claim that the Taliban has seized $83 billion worth of U.S. military equipment — or $85 billion in former President Donald Trump’s retelling of it — but for some reason failed to award the maximum number of “Pinocchios.”

The claim refers to the military equipment and weapons that the United States provided to Afghan forces over the years, which fell into the Taliban’s hands when the government collapsed over 11 days earlier this month.

In his fact-check, Kessler notes that the claim is popular on right-wing social media, throws some shade at Trump (We don’t normally pay much
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