After US troops left Afghanistan last August, 7 billion dollars (more than 6.6 billion euros) of military equipment remained in the country. This is according to a report prepared by the Department of Defense at the request of Congress, CNN reports.
Between 2005 and 2021, US$18.6 billion of military equipment was sent to Afghanistan from the United States. At the airport of Kabul alone, 78 American planes with a value of more than $ 923 million were left behind. However, these aircraft were disabled before the departure of the American troops. Nearly 10,000 pieces of aircraft ammunition were also left lying around, according to the report .
Taliban in hands
More than 40,000 of the 96,000 military vehicles the US sent to Afghanistan to defeat the Taliban were left behind in the country. For example, according to the report, the extremist regime now has about 12,000 military Humvee’s. The condition of the vehicles is unknown.
Of the 427,300 weapons sent to Afghanistan over the years, more than 300,000 were left behind. Also, virtually all US communications, night vision and surveillance equipment remained in Afghanistan after the troops left. The ministry writes in the report that it has no plans to collect or destroy the equipment left behind.
According to experts, much of the equipment requires specific technical knowledge that is no longer present in the country after the departure of the American troops.
In the report, the Pentagon also mentions five Mi-17 helicopters that were in Ukraine for maintenance prior to the departure of US troops from Afghanistan. “These helicopters were in Ukraine when the Afghan government fell and have remained there ever since,” the ministry said. The aircraft were officially handed over to the Ukrainians last month.
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