Images from the airport in Kabul show Taliban members making their way through an abandoned hangar, following the complete withdrawal of US troops from Afghanistan Equipment, including helicopters that the US left behind.
Pentagon press secretary John Kirby, however, said the equipment was demilitarized and rendered unusable before the troops left.
“They can inspect them all they want. They can see them, they can move around, but they can’t fly them. They can’t operate them. We made sure all the gear was demilitarized to make it unusable The airport – all aircraft, all ground vehicles. The only things we have left operable are some fire trucks and forklifts so that the airport can be more operational going forward,” Kirby told CNN.
He said since the departure of the last US troops from Afghanistan, the Pentagon is relieved about the safe evacuation of 123,000 people from the country, but is concerned about those left behind.
“While we don’t think the numbers are large, we are clearly concerned about our friends, allies and fellow US citizens who are still out there,” he said, adding that the US government will remain mindful of its commitment to citizens who Will stay behind.
“Although the military mission has ended, the United States’ commitment to them has not,” he said.
Meanwhile, the threat in Afghanistan “remains high.”
“Obviously, we are concerned about the possibility of further Taliban retaliation,” he said on Tuesday. “We are certainly aware of the threat of ISIS-K inside Afghanistan.”
However, Kirby does not require military involvement to take out the remaining civilians and allies.