The UK’s Ministry of Defence has hired a Kuwaiti firm blacklisted by the US government to sell off its leftover equipment in Afghanistan. Agility Logistics landed an army contract to set up desert auctions for gear not valuable enough to take back.
Auctions are held in Camp Bastion in the southeastern Helmand Province, and include Land Rovers, dumper trucks and more obscure items such as a portable laundry – but not weapons or live ammunition. By last October it emerged that some 85,000 items had already been sold.
The cost of the unsold equipment – bringing items back to the UK or renovating them, should they have not been sold – could have totaled as much as $3.3 billion, a cost deemed too high by the UK government.