This multi-billion dollar military treasure that the United States left behind in Afghanistan

Seven billion dollars is the amount of military equipment provided by the United States to the Afghan authorities during the 16 years of American presence in the area. This is revealed by a report commissioned by Congress and seen by CNN. While the US military officially withdrew from the country in August 2021, all of this equipment is now in the hands of the Taliban. But the Ministry of Defense has no intention of returning to Afghanistan to “recover or destroy” this arsenal, the report reads.

The United States donated a total of nearly $18.6 billion in equipment to the Afghan National Defense and Security Forces (ANDSF) from 2005 through August 2021, according to the report. Of this total, equipment worth $7.12 billion remained in Afghanistan after the end of the US withdrawal on August 30, 2021. Included in this arsenal were: aircraft, air-to-ground munitions, military vehicles, weapons, or even communication equipment and other materials, details the report, relayed by CNN.

The US Department of Defense nevertheless specifies that it is military equipment that has not been used by US forces. “Virtually all of the equipment used by U.S. military forces in Afghanistan was repatriated or destroyed prior to our withdrawal and is not part of the $7.12 billion figure cited in the report,” the Army major said. Defense Department spokesman Rob Lodewick in a statement.

The report also says that five Mi-17 helicopters that were in Afghanistan were officially transferred to Ukraine in 2022, although they were already there for maintenance before the United States left Afghanistan. The Department of Defense notified Congress of its intention to transfer the helicopters in January 2022, before the start of Russia’s invasion of the country. A proposal accepted by Ukraine on March 11, 2022.

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