US trashes unwanted gear in Afghanistan & sells as scrap – The U.S. disposes of equipment no longer needed in Afghanistan and sells it as used equipment.
US trashes unwanted gear in Afghanistan & sells as scrap
MilitaryEzyInfo.com – The wreckage of several SUVs lay proudly in a vast landfill in Barbamir. There are also fragments from what used to be a generator, the wreckage of a tank dismantled into metal pieces, and a tattered mountain tent.
These are all American munitions. The U.S. military has dismantled part of Bagram Air Base, the largest remaining stronghold in Afghanistan, and everything that was not brought back or given to the Afghan army has been completely destroyed.
This is a security measure to ensure that the equipment does not fall into the hands of insurgents. But unfortunately for Mir and dozens of other second-hand dealers around Bagram, it was a waste of time.
When the last few thousand U.S. and NATO troops left Afghanistan, ending the two-decade-long war, they were caught in a massive logistical decline, clearing out bases across the country.
They left the Afghan people, many of whom felt deeply frustrated and resentful. They feel abandoned and believe that the U.S. is partly to blame for this. It is an extremely corrupt government supported by the US and growing instability that could plunge the country into a new phase of violent civil war.
The resentment of the ranchers is only part of the story, and a bit self-serving.
But over the past two decades, the supposedly necessary or beneficial traumatic and destructive actions of the United States have become a common theme for Afghans who feel the consequences.
At Bagram and another base northwest of the capital, Kabul, the U.S. military is going through its inventory of equipment to send back to the United States.
Tens of thousands of metal containers, some 20 feet long, are being transported by C-17 cargo planes and trucks through Pakistan and Central Asia. As of last week, 60 C-17s had left Afghanistan loaded with equipment.
Officials are rescuing what is left and what is not. U.S. and Western defense officials, who are withholding names to speak freely about the departing troops, say that most of what is returning home is classified equipment that should not have been left behind.
Other equipment, such as helicopters, military vehicles, weapons, and ammunition, will be handed over to Afghan defense and security forces.
A number of bases will also be handed over to them. The latest is the Antoniq Baru base in Helmand province, where the Taliban are said to control about 80 percent of the rural areas.