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Afghanistan: Armed Conflict

Question for Ministry of Defence

UIN HL2561, tabled on 8 September 2021

To ask Her Majesty's Government what UK military equipment was abandoned in Afghanistan after the withdrawal.

Answered on

22 September 2021

During Operation PITTING and the withdrawal of the UK military from Afghanistan spare capacity was used on flights to return as much equipment to the UK as possible. However, people were prioritised over equipment at all times to evacuate UK nationals and eligible persons under the Afghan Relocation and Assistance Policy (ARAP). Consequently, a small amount of equipment was left behind or gifted to partner nations.

All sensitive equipment and anything considered attractive to criminal and terrorist organisations was recovered during withdrawal.