A Black Hawk helicopter flies over a scrap yard filled with items that originated from Bagram Airfield.
A gutted-out armored vehicle waits to be decommissioned in a scrap yard at Bagram. An estimated $7 billion in supplies is being left behind in Afghanistan, much of it turned into useless scrap.
A man collects a block of compressed wires, used to build walls around military bases, from a scrap yard near Bagram. The military has contracted local farmers and other Afghans to haul away the scrap, which is then sold by the contractors.
A man collects items from a scrap yard near Bagram Airfield, the main operations headquarters for the international forces in Afghanistan.
An armored vehicle is “decommissioned” in a scrap yard at Bagram Airfield. It is being cut up into scrap. As U.S. forces accelerate the withdrawal from Afghanistan, more equipment is being converted to scrap to be left behind.
Posted: Tuesday, October 22, 2013 4:30 am
BAGRAM, Afghanistan — The armored trucks, televisions, ice cream scoops and nearly everything else shipped here for America’s war against the Taliban are now part of the world’s biggest garage sale. Every week, as the U.S. troop drawdown accelerates, the United States is selling 12 million to 14 million pounds of its equipment on the Afghan market.
Returning that gear to the United States from a landlocked country halfway around the world would be prohibitively expensive, according to U.S. officials. Instead, they’re leaving behind $7 billion worth of supplies, a would-be boon to the fragile Afghan economy.
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