US left behind $7 billion military equipment in Afghanistan: Report

The United States gave to the Afghan National Defence and Security Forces (ANDSF) $18.6 billion equipment from 2005 to August 2021.–Photo courtesy International Defence Analysis (Twitter)

WASHINGTON — More than eight months after the last batch of US troops left Afghanistan at midnight even without informing the Afghan government or the army, the US Department of Defence has released a report on the war equipment their army left behind in Afghanistan while completing withdrawal from the war-torn country.

The US transferred nearly $7 billion military equipment to the Afghan government in 16 years and left this equipment behind in Afghanistan when the last batch of the US Army left Afghanistan in August last year, says a report published by the CNN on Wednesday.

This military equipment is now in a country, which is controlled by the Taliban, the so-called enemy the US was trying to drive out over the past two decades.

The US Defence Department has no plans to return to Afghanistan to “retrieve or destroy” the equipment, says the report, which has been provided to Congress.

According to the report, the United States gave to the Afghan National Defence and Security Forces (ANDSF) $18.6 billion equipment from 2005 to August 2021.

Of that total, equipment worth $7.12 billion remained in Afghanistan after the US withdrawal was completed on August 30, 2021. It included aircraft, air-to-ground munitions, military vehicles, weapons, communications equipment and other materials, according to the report.

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