Ahead of its drawdown deadline, the American military in Afghanistan is “auctioning off millions of pounds of tankers, accommodation blocks, tents, generators and other ‘white goods’”. According to the brochure, “all property listed therein is offered for sale ‘as is’ and ‘where is’,” which means successful bidders will have to collect their lots from some of the most dangerous terrain in the world, the forward operating bases used by U.S. troops in Afghanistan. The equipment includes water and sewage systems, laundry and kitchen facilities – from giant cooking ranges to water purification systems - as well as fortifications and barriers.
Once a deal is done, the buyer will have just to collect the items from wherever they might be within 96 hours. Possible buyers include private contractors who may be in great demand in services such as providing security, logistics support and training to charities, embassies and the Afghan government once the foreign forces leave.