The U.S. destroyed or ‘demilitarized’ all equipment left at Kabul airport, depriving the Taliban of more trophies

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When the last U.S. military aircraft flew out of Kabul’s Hamid Karzai International Airport on Monday, the only usable equipment left behind was machinery to help the airport return to civilian operation as soon as possible, U.S. Central Command chief Gen. Frank McKenzie said at a press conference. The rest of the equipment — 70 mine-resistant ambush protected (MRAP) vehicles, 27 Humvees, 73 aircraft, an unspecified number of counter-rocket, artillery, and mortar (C-RAM) systems — was destroyed or “demilitarized.” These vehicles and weapons will “never be able to be operated by anyone again,” McKenzie said.

When the last U.S. military aircraft flew out of Kabul’s Hamid Karzai International Airport on Monday, the only usable equipment left behind was machinery to help the airport return to civilian operation as soon as possible, U.S. Central Command chief Gen. Frank McKenzie said at a press conference. The rest of the equipment — 70 mine-resistant ambush protected (MRAP) vehicles, 27 Humvees, 73 aircraft, an unspecified number of counter-rocket, artillery, and mortar (C-RAM) systems — was destroyed or “demilitarized.” These vehicles and weapons will “never be able to be operated by anyone again,” McKenzie said.