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Subject:  The $800bn scrapyard Date:  7/6/2021  5:53 AM
Author:  desertdaveataol Number:  38634 of 38653

Looters descend on abandoned Bagram airbase as locals hawk basketballs, stereo speakers, laptops, and bicycle helmets after US troops bugged out in the dead of night

Afghan locals started hawking contraband after looters ransacked Bagram Air Base over the weekend

Bicycles, helmet, laptop computers, and pieces of scrap were sold after the looting over the weekend

Massive base includes 50-bed hospital and giant hangar size tents filled with supplies such as furniture

Americans also left a fleet of SUVs without the keys to start them as well as hundreds of armored vehicles

Since 2001, Bagram Air Base north of Kabul served as a linchpin for the US war in Afghanistan

At its peak in 2012, Bagram saw more than 100,000 U.S. and NATO troops pass through sprawling compound

Last week, US soldiers left the base as the 20-year-long war in Afghanistan comes to an end

The soldiers left without telling local officials, meaning its gates were left unsecured

On Friday morning, locals moved in under the cover of darkness and looted several buildings

US-backed Afghan forces gained control of the base, but it remains a shell of its former self

Photos taken on Friday show the base eerily quiet and almost abandoned

There are now fears it will be taken over by the Taliban who are gaining increasing control across Afghanistan

It has cost the US military 2,312 lives and $816billion, according to the Department of Defense

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