“That America has wasted huge sums of money on weapons and other military equipment has become a direly complicated issue, not only for Afghanistan, but also for the whole world,” Shugayev said, as quoted by the TASS news agency, Monday (1 / 1). 11/2021).
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“To some extent, because various terrorist organizations are entrenched there. It shouldn’t be ruled out that they might put a hand in this arsenal, if they haven’t already,” Shugayev continued.
He also warned that there was a high risk that these weapons might go on sale on the illegal market. Considering that currently Afghanistan is still not in a stable condition, where armed groups are still at large, even though the Taliban claims to have controlled the situation.
“In other words, they may appear anywhere in the world. Most likely, some very unpleasant surprises may come our way. Moreover, because the equipment left behind by the United States is much more serious than popguns,” warned Shugayev.
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The withdrawal of US troops from Afghan soil in August did raise a number of thorny problems. One of them is about the amount of military equipment left by US troops in Afghanistan. The equipment is now largely under the control of the Taliban.
Kazakh President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev said US troops withdrawing from Afghanistan left behind $85 billion worth of sophisticated weapons. The US itself has never stated the exact amount of military equipment they left in Afghanistan.