Primo sulla CNN: US left behind $  7 billion of military equipment in Afghanistan after 2021 ritiro, Pentagon report says

Washington Circa $ 7 billion of military equipment the US transferred to the Afghan government over the course of 16 years was left behind in Afghanistan after the US completed its withdrawal from the country in August, according to a congressionally mandated report from the US Department of Defense viewed by CNN.

This equipment is now in a country that is controlled by the very enemy the US was trying to drive out over the past two decades: i talebani. The Defense Department has no plans to return to Afghanistan toretrieve or destroythe equipment, reads the report, which has been provided to Congress.
The US gave a total of $ 18.6 billion of equipment to the Afghan National Defense and Security Forces (ANDSF) a partire dal 2005 to August 2021, secondo il rapporto. 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, Armi, communications equipment and other materials, according to the DoD report.
    The huge value of the hardware left behind will serve to refocus attention on the chaotic and hasty Afghanistan withdrawal that has been heavily criticized by lawmakers from both parties.
      Much of the remaining equipmentleft in Afghanistan requiresspecialized maintenance that DoD contractors previously providedto Afghan forcesin the form of technical knowledge and support,” afferma il rapporto.
        The Department of Defense was required to submit a report to Congressregarding the disposition of United States property, equipment and supplies provided toAfghan forces thatwere destroyed, taken out of” o “remain in Afghanistan,” states the report, which is dated March 2022.

        From Afghanistan to Ukraine

          The report also says that five Mi-17 helicopters that had been in Afghanistan were officially transferred to Ukraine in 2022, though they were already in Ukraine for maintenance before the US left Afghanistan. The Department of Defense notified Congress of its intent to transfer the helicopters in January 2022, before Russia’s invasion of the country had begun, and Ukraine signed a letter of acceptance on March 11, 2022.
          These five helicopters were in Ukraine undergoing overhaul maintenance when the Afghan government collapsed, and have remained there since,” afferma il rapporto.
          Of other materials the US had previously procured for Afghanistan but not sent to the country, the US has given somenon-standard munitionsto Ukraine, including about 37,000 122mm howitzer rounds, afferma il rapporto.
          The US has also transferred over 15 million rounds of Ball rifle ammunition, al di sopra di 99,000 40mm high-explosive/fragmentation grenade cartridges, e a proposito di 119,000 82mm high-explosive mortar rounds to Ukraine from material that was previously procured for Afghanistan, afferma il rapporto.
          These munitions have been transferred to Ukraine under presidential drawdown authority, afferma il rapporto.

          US military equipment and weapons left behind

          Aircraft worth $ 923.3 million remained in Afghanistan. The US left 78 aircraft procured for the government of Afghanistan at Hamid Karzai International Airport in Kabul before the end of the withdrawal. These aircraft were demilitarized and rendered inoperable before the US military left, afferma il rapporto. The US military conducted its non-combatant evacuation from Afghanistan in August, primarily through that airport.
          Un totale di 9,524 air-to-ground munitions, valued at $ 6.54 milioni, remained in Afghanistan at the conclusion of the US military withdrawal. Il “significant majority” del “remaining aircraft munitions stock are non-precision munitions,” afferma il rapporto.
          Al di sopra di 40,000 del totale 96,000 military vehicles the US gave to Afghan forces remained in Afghanistan at the time of the US withdrawal, Compreso 12,000 military Humvees, afferma il rapporto. “The operational condition of the remaining vehiclesin Afghanistan isunknown,” afferma il rapporto.
          Più di 300,000 del totale 427,300 weapons the US gave to Afghan forces remained in Afghanistan at the time of the US military withdrawal, secondo il rapporto. Meno di 1,537,000 del “specialty munitions” e “common small arms ammunition,” valued at a total of $ 48 milioni, are still in the country, afferma il rapporto.
          Nearly allof the communications equipment that the US gave to Afghan forces, including base-station, mobile, man-portable and hand-held commercial and military radio systems, and associated transmitters and encryption devices also remained in Afghanistan at the time of the withdrawal, afferma il rapporto.
            Nearly allnight vision, sorveglianza, “biometric and positioning equipmenttotaling nearly 42,000 pieces of specialized equipment remained in the country, the report adds.
            E “nearly all,” of the explosive ordinance disposal and demining equipment, Compreso 17,500 “pieces of explosive detection, electronic countermeasure, disposal and personal protective equipmentalso remained in Afghanistan, secondo il rapporto.

            I commenti sono chiusi.