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The US military says it has permanently disabled more than 150 vehicles and planes before leaving Kabul so that they can “never be used again”


A view of the C-17 Globemaster preparing for take off at Hamid Karzai International Airport in Kabul, Afghanistan on Sunday August 29, 2021 MARCUS YAM / LOS ANGELES TIMES via Getty Images

  • The last US military aircraft to be piloted left Kabul airport on Monday.

  • The United States permanently disabled more than 150 vehicles and planes when the military left, a U.S. general said on Monday.

  • The Taliban captured an arsenal of operational weapons made in the United States when they defeated the Afghan army.

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The last US military plane piloted has left Kabul’s Hamid Karzai International Airport, ending nearly two decades of war in Afghanistan, US Central Command chief Gen. Kenneth F. McKenzie said Monday afternoon.

Asked about military equipment left at the airport, McKenzie said some had been brought in. Other systems, he said, were “demilitarized,” meaning US forces purposely broke them to prevent their use, CENTCOM told Insider.

Counter-rocket, artillery and mortar (C-RAM) systems, which were used to repel a rocket attack on the airport on Monday, were kept in line until the last minute and then demilitarized .

“We demilitarized these systems so that they would never be used again,” McKenzie said. “We felt it was more important to protect our forces than to bring back these systems.”

The general further explained that the demilitarized equipment included 70 Anti-Mine Ambush Protected Vehicles (MRAPs) “which will never be used by anyone again”, 27 Humvees “which will never be driven again” and 73 planes that “will never fly again”. “A lot of planes weren’t mission capable anyway.

“They can never be operated by anyone again,” said the CENTCOM commander.

McKenzie added that some systems, such as fire trucks and front loaders, remained operational so the airport could resume operations as soon as possible.

Even though the Taliban, which quickly took control of Afghanistan earlier this month in a large-scale offensive, are unable to use the systems that the US military did not take with it during its Departing from Kabul airport, the group was able to get its hands on many other systems of work.

The Taliban managed to seize a substantial arsenal of American-made weapons, from rifles to military vehicles, when they invaded the country and defeated the Afghan armed forces, which the United States spent billions of dollars on. dollars to arm and equip.

The Biden administration, which has been criticized for its handling of the withdrawal from Afghanistan, admitted that the US-funded combat capabilities had fallen into the hands of the Taliban.

“We obviously don’t have a complete picture of where every piece of defense material went, but a good deal of it certainly fell into the hands of the Taliban,” the White House national security adviser said. , Jake Sullivan. after the fall of the Afghan capital.

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