US Military Equipment Left Behind In Afghanistan Spotted In Iran: Report
US military equipment, including armored vehicles worth hundreds of thousands of dollars each, have reportedly been spotted in Iran following the US withdrawal from Afghanistan, several social media accounts have reported.
Kian Sharifi, a BBC journalist focused on Iranian politics and social media, tweeted on Wednesday several photographs of Humvees and other military vehicles on a highway connecting the central city of Semnan to the city of Garmsar, southeast of the capital Tehran. Sharifi said the photos came from an Iranian Telegram channel, which speculated the vehicles were either sold by the Taliban to Iran, or were taken from Afghan soldiers fleeing the country after the group took over most of the country, including the capital, Kabul, last month.
An Iranian Telegram channel that covers military stories has released these “exclusive” images that purportedly show humvees and other military vehicles spotted on the Semnan-Garmsar road in #Iran.
What I am certain of is that those are humvees and that is an Iranian road. pic.twitter.com/QoSnTH5oT0
— Kian Sharifi (@KianSharifi) September 1, 2021
According to the Russian outlet Sputnik’s Persian language service, Iran allegedly bought armoured US-supplied ground vehicles, unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), and helicopters belonging to the Afghan army.
The Russian news outlet cited unnamed “news sources”, and added that the equipment was purchased for a quarter of the amount they are worth and that Tehran was probably moving the equipment to research centres for reverse engineering.
The Pentagon declined to comment on the reports, however, Army Major Rob Lodewick, a Pentagon spokesman, said that while a large amount of US equipment provided to the Afghan security forces “are likely to now be in Taliban hands”, the equipment was “intended to fight a low-tech insurgency.”
“It is not the type of equipment that will be of great strategic use to any force, and does not represent a significant threat to US forces or the militaries of neighbouring countries,” Lodewick told Middle East Eye.
Between 2002 and 2017, the US gave the Afghan military an estimated $28bn in weaponry, including guns, rockets, night-vision goggles and even small drones for intelligence-gathering, as well as 208 aircraft, Amwaj media reported.
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