Afghan scrap yards sell US troops’ trashed equipment

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    As the US military packs up to leave Afghanistan after nearly 20 years of war, it has destroyed its equipment so it can only be used by local scrapyards – and not by militants.

    Scrapyard and iron warehouse owners were seen looking through piles of scrap metal outside Bagram Airfield. They buy the scrap from the US military and sell it on at their own warehouses. Although the US clearly believes in the phrase ‘One man’s trash is another man’s treasure,’ many scrapyard owners have lamented the disassembly of equipment as an enormous waste, as both parties could have made significantly more money by selling the equipment intact.

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    Afghanistan, officially the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan, is a landlocked country at the crossroads of Central and South Asia. Afghanistan is bordered by Pakistan to the east and south; Iran to the west; Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan, and Tajikistan to the north; and China to the northeast.

    Occupying 652,000 square kilometers (252,000 sq mi), it is a mountainous country with plains in the north and southwest. Kabul is the capital and largest city. The population is around 32 million, composed mostly of ethnic Pashtuns, Tajiks, Hazaras, and Uzbeks.

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