A report by the United States Department of Defense concludes that approximately $7 billion in weapons, aircraft, and other military equipment was left in Afghanistan in the aftermath of Biden’s move to withdraw troops from the country.

$18.6 billion was the total bill on the equipment provided by the US to the Afghan National Defense and Security Forces (ANDSF) from 2005 until August 2021. Nearly half of that total, $7.12 billion, remained in Afghanistan after US personnel completed their withdrawal on August 30, 2021.

These equipment, which included aircraft, military vehicles, assorted weapons, air-to-ground munitions, and communication equipment, are now in the hands of the Taliban – the main enemy US forces spent two decades fighting with.

The report, dated March 2022, was part of the Department of Defense’s mandatory requirement to Congress “regarding the disposition of the United States property, equipment, and supplies provided” to the ANDSF “that were destroyed, or taken out of or remain in Afghanistan.”

The Pentagon says it has no intention to fly back to Afghanistan to “retrieve or destroy” the equipment it had left behind. It is possible that the administration is confident that the Taliban will not have access to the services required to maintain the equipment.

The report noted that most of the remaining equipment in Afghanistan requires “specialized maintenance that DoD contractors previously provided” to the ANDSF “in the form of technical knowledge and support.”

“The $7.12 billion figure cited in the Department’s recent report to Congress corresponds to ANDSF equipment and not U.S. military equipment used by our forces,” Defense Department spokesperson, Army Major Rob Lodewick said.