Garage sale

Southasia - - BRIEFINGS -

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.

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