In Afghanistan, the U.S. military shreds and disposes of unwanted equipment or sells it to scrap dealers to prevent militants from falling into their hands. Afghans interpret this act as “betrayal of the country”.
The Americans began evacuating part of Bagram Air Base, one of the largest remaining bases in Afghanistan.
US troops either destroy or shred everything they cannot deliver or give to the Afghan army and sell them to scrap dealers.
Security measures are being taken to ensure that equipment that cannot be repaired is broken down by the US military and fall into the hands of militants.
According to US military sources, equipment to be delivered to the USA in Bagram and other bases in the northwest of the capital Kabul is sent by C-17 cargo planes.
As of last week, 60 C-17 aircraft packed with equipment left Afghanistan.
US officials state that most of the equipment removed from Afghanistan is sensitive equipment that should never be left behind.
It is stated that other equipment such as helicopters, military vehicles, weapons and ammunition will be delivered to the Afghanistan National Defense and Security Forces.
According to a US military official statement, approximately 1300 pieces of equipment have been destroyed in Afghanistan so far.
The US and NATO did the same during the withdrawal of thousands of soldiers in 2014, when Afghanistan handed over its security to the Afghans.
Although these equipment earn money for scrap dealers, Afghans consider this destruction “betrayal of the country”.
The US administration would reduce the number of troops in Afghanistan to 2,500 by January 15, 2021, and withdraw all on May 1, within the scope of the agreement it made with the Taliban in Doha, the capital of Qatar, on February 29, 2020.
Former US President Donald Trump had reduced the number of troops in Afghanistan to 2,500 in the last days of his post, but President Joe Biden, who took office on January 20, announced that he would not comply with the date of May 1, and then, starting from May 1 until the anniversary of September 11, He had announced that the US troops would withdraw.