U.S. Left $7 Billion in Military Equipment in Afghanistan

Inspector general report confirms what the Taliban “inherited.” 

A Department of Defense inspector general has confirmed that, when the U.S. military pulled out of Afghanistan a year ago, it left behind more than $7 billion in equipment. The major part consisted of tactical ground vehicles such as Humvees and mine-resistant MRAPS. 

In addition to ground vehicles, the military abandoned $923.3 million worth of military aircraft and $294.6 million in aircraft munitions. The report does point out, however, that “some” of the aircraft were “demilitarized and rendered inoperable during the evacuation.” 

The inspector general report said that 316,200 small arms, including sniper rifles, machine guns, and grenade launchers, were left behind, at a cost of $511.8 million. 

This equipment is now in a country that is controlled by the very enemy the U.S. was trying to drive out over the past two decades: the Taliban. The report states that the Defense Department has no plans to return to Afghanistan to “retrieve or destroy” the equipment which has been provided to Congress. 

As the Lord Leads, Pray with Us…

  • For Pentagon leaders as they assess the situation regarding the abandoned military equipment.
  • For the Department of Defense inspector general as he engages in investigations surrounding military procedures and actions.
  • For U.S. military officials as they seek to determine the current equipment needs of the armed forces.

Sources: Fox News, Washington Examiner, CNN


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