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Oct212013

US Leaving Behind Millions of Pounds of Scrap Metal in Afghanistan

iStock/Thinkstock(BAGRAM, Afghanistan) -- The U.S. military is undertaking a near-full withdrawal from Afghanistan, bit by bit.

Much of the hardware the Pentagon can't bring back to the states, it's leaving behind, according to The Washington Post. The value of the discarded gear, around 12-to-14 million pounds worth, is believed to be around $7 billion.

As a result, everything from treadmills to trucks is being sold on the Afghan market. But with the possibility that the items could be turned into bombs, the equipment is getting destroyed first.

The Afghans would rather the stuff remain in its original condition because they could use the TVs, air conditioners and vehicles. However, the U.S. military is taking no chances.

Observing a scrap yard outside Bagram Airfield in eastern Afghanistan, one trader remarked, "This is America’s dustbin."

However, the U.S. isn't getting rich either. The scrap is being sold for pennies on the pound.

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