The us army destroyed aircraft, armored vehicles and a missile defense system before leaving Kabul airport overnight from Monday to Tuesday, a US high command said.
The head of the central command of the US Army, General Kenneth McKenzie, told the press that soldiers “demilitarized” 73 planes before the airlift ended two weeks with which they evacuated civilians fleeing the Taliban regime.
“Those devices will not fly again”, said. “They cannot be used.”
“Most were already out of service anyway,” he added. “But it is certain that they will not fly again.”
The Pentagon deployed 6,000 troops to occupy, secure and operate the Kabul airport starting on August 14. But it left 70 antipersonnel mine-resistant MRAP armored vehicles in place, costing $ 1 million each., and 27 Humvee vehicles. All were disbarred, according to McKenzie.
The American Army too abandoned a C-RAM missile defense system that stopped five rockets fired by the Islamic State group at the airport on Monday.
“We decided to leave those systems running until the last minute”, just before the takeoff of the last plane, added the high command.
It takes “a long and complex procedure to disassemble those systems,” he explained. “So we demilitarized them so they can’t be used again.”