The U.S. has provided the Afghanistan Military with more than $80 billion dollars in training and cutting-edge weaponry since 2001. That number – that proclamation of support – was even listed on official government websites.
In the wake of the total failure that was the U.S. withdrawal from Afghanistan, and the abandonment of billions in weapons, the State Department has removed access to reports detailing the the monies.
According to a Forbes report, “The scrubbed audits and reports included detailed accounting of what the U.S. had provided to Afghan forces, down to the number of night vision devices, hand grenades, Black Hawk helicopters, and armored vehicles.”
“Reports further quantified 208 aircraft and helicopters; 75,000 war vehicles – including 22 Humvees, 50,000 tactical vehicles and nearly 1,000 mine resistant vehicles; and 600,000 weapons – including 350,000 M4 and M16 rifles, 60,000 machine guns, and 25,000 grenade launchers,” the report continues.
The State Department tried to get ahead of the story, releasing a statement on the recently- vanished reports.
“The safety of our Afghan contacts is of utmost importance to us. The State Department advised other federal agencies of to [sic] review their web properties for content that highlights cooperation/participation between an Afghan citizen and the USG or a USG partner and remove from public view if it poses a security risk.”
The reports that have been scrubbed from the web were paid for by the taxpayers, the transparency important to hold the administration accountable.