Report: US Left Behind Military Equipment Worth $7 Billion In Afghanistan

The US Department of Defense released a report which states that approximately $7 billion worth of military equipment was left in Afghanistan during the U.S. withdrawal. The report revealed that American aircrafts, air to ground weapons, communications equipment and military vehicles were left behind.

CNN reported that the U.S. had granted a total of $18.6 billion in equipment to the Afghan National Defense and Security Forces in a period of fifteen years. Once the U.S. withdrawal was complete on August 30, 2021, around $7 billion of that equipment was left behind in Afghanistan.

Since the US withdrawal was abrupt and rushed, around 80 valuable aircrafts valued at $900 million were left at Hamid Karzai International Airport. The report assured that the abandoned aircrafts were demilitarized and left unworkable so the Taliban couldn’t get their hands on them.

About 40,000 military vehicles, which included 12,000 military Humvees, were also left back in Afghanistan. The report claims that their operational status is not known. The report also says that around 9,500 air-to-ground weapons worth $6.5 million were also left behind in Afghanistan.

It is believed that the Taliban can get their hands on more than 300,000 weapons and over 1.5 million pieces of ammo left behind.

Almost all of the communications devices handed over to the Afghan forces by the U.S. still remain in Afghanistan. This also includes around 42,000 items of specialized equipment like night vision systems.

The report also contains the details of the U.S. military equipment that had been sent to Ukraine.

It was assured that most of the equipment left behind required advanced technical knowledge, support and maintenance to keep them operational. Moreover, the Pentagon claimed that they have no plans of bringing back or destroying the leftover equipment, according to the report.

U.S. Central Command chief Gen. Frank McKenzie stated in August 2021 that the military equipment left behind in Afghanistan was demilitarized and couldn’t be operated again.

However the very next month, the Taliban were seen flaunting the American military equipment left behind to show they might make use of it.