Yes, as the main photo in this post shows, the US troops have managed to leave behind one of Afghan Air Force C-130s.
A plea for everybody: please, don’t fall for reports about the Taliban ‘captured 208 US-made aircraft and helicopters in Afghanistan’.
That’s the total number of aircraft and helicopters operated by the (meanwhile: ‘former’) Afghan Air Force until about 15 days ago.
The mass of these was flown out to Uzbekistan and Tajikistan; at least three Mi-171s were flown by their crews to the Panjshir Valley, where these joined that Massoud’s ‘Northern Resistance Front’.
(And no, please do not ask me where is it going to end. There are too many options, including repairs and re-use in Afghanistan, or in Pakistan, or in Iran…..)
To resume, at the first look it seems the US have left behind:
- at least two C-RAM air defence systems;
- about 700,000 small arms;
- several thousands of military vehicles (including few hundred of fully-functional, lightly-armoured vehicles);
- 46-50 service dogs (these were ‘contractor dogs’, so left behind, although actually the same like K-9 military dogs….)
- dozens of dogs from an animal shelter (Major General Chris Donahue, commander of the US Army 82nd Airborne Division, XVIII Airborne Corps, threatened to shoot down a private jet sent to pick them up, yesterday, so they had to let them ‘free’ at the spot….),
- at least 1 C-130, and
- at least 7 A-29s.
Moreover according to the Oryx Blog, that has the best review of all the aircraft and helicopters confirmed as captured by visual evidence, we must add to the equipment mentioned above:
- 1 Cessna 208
- 11 Mi-17
- 1 Mi-35
- 4 UH-60A Blackhawk
- 8 MD 530F
Unmanned Aerial Vehicles
- 7 Boeing Insitu ScanEagle
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