A new report from the Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction (SIGAR) has revealed that most of the weapons inventory shipped to Afghanistan from the United States has never been properly cataloged by the Pentagon. This implies that the US military has no idea how much weapons and ammunition it inadvertently supplied to the Taliban when it abandoned Afghanistan last year.
According to the new report by SIGAR, a Pentagon watchdog focused on the US military campaign in Afghanistan that ended last year, the US Department of Defense provided only “limited, inaccurate and inappropriate information about defense articles has quit,” Sputnik reported.
The report highlights the gross US handling of Afghanistan
“Although the DOD reported $7.1 billion of equipment left behind in Afghanistan that had previously been supplied to the Afghan government and the Afghan National Defense and Security Forces (ANDSF), the department has struggled for years with accurate accounting of the equipment supplied to ANDSF,” the SIGAR report stated.
SIGAR and the Department of Defense’s Office of the Inspector General (DOD IG) have been issuing reports since 2009, noting accountability gaps and problems with the Pentagon’s processes for tracking equipment in Afghanistan. According to the latest report, the Pentagon “failed to meet its oversight requirements for sensitive equipment transferred to the Afghan government and ANDSF,” while stating that the Pentagon had failed to inventory 60 percent of defense items with security requirements. enhanced tracking between May 2019 and April 2020 due to safety constraints and travel restrictions, including items containing sensitive technology.
This implies that the US government does not know how much of what military equipment is left in Afghanistan after the US decides to abandon its military campaign in the country. However, the fact made clear by the SIGAR report is that any equipment left behind was worth at least $7.1 billion.
In addition, a DOD IG report released in August found that at the time of the fall of the Afghan government, ANDSF had in its stockpile some 3.16 million small arms supplied by the United States since 2005, Sputnik reported. The report also found longstanding problems with the Core Inventory Management System used to catalog inventories at US military bases in Afghanistan, including the use of a chaotic system of Microsoft Excel spreadsheets and even handwritten inventories, citing that many some military bases had no internet access or had no electricity of any kind.