After the complete withdrawal of US troops from Afghanistan, footage from Kabul airport showed members of the Taliban making their way through an abandoned hangar strewn with equipment, including helicopters, the US had left behind. them.
However, the equipment was demilitarized and rendered unusable before the troops left, Pentagon press secretary John Kirby said.
“They can inspect whatever they want. They can watch them, they can walk around, but they can’t fly them. They can’t make them work. airport – all planes, all vehicles on the ground. The only thing we have left running are a few fire trucks and forklifts so the airport itself can remain more operational in the future, ”Kirby told CNN.
Since the last US troops left Afghanistan, the Pentagon is relieved to have safely evacuated 123,000 people out of the country, but concerned about those who remained behind, he added.
“While we don’t think the numbers are important, we are obviously concerned about our American friends, allies and fellow citizens who are still here,” he said, adding that the US government will remain aware of its commitment to the United States. citizens who remain. behind.
“Although the military mission is over, the US commitment to them has not been,” he said.
In the meantime, the threat in Afghanistan “remains high”.
“Obviously, we are concerned about the potential for retaliation from the Taliban in the future,” he said on Tuesday. “We are certainly aware of the threat ISIS-K continues to pose in Afghanistan.”
However, Kirby does not foresee the need for military engagements to bring out the remaining citizens and allies.