Department of Defense of the United States said that they have left behind $7.12 billion worth of military hardware in Afghanistan as the Taliban has taken over the country.

The DoD reports that are obtained by CNN indicate that the military equipment includes aircraft, vehicles, weapons, ammunition, and communication hardware that were once given to the previous Afghan National Defense and Security Forces (ANDSF).

CNN further reports that the US army does not intend to destroy or retrieve the military hardware adding that most of them will go out of function as they need special maintenance.

This comes as the US military destroyed 170 pieces of military equipment including vehicles and aircraft before they conclude the withdrawal in August last year.

As per the findings of the Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction (SIGAR), the US has appropriated $18.61 billion to the Afghan army from 2005 to 2021.

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