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Gear galore left in Iraq as last troops pull out


If the U.S. military held a yard sale, the rummaging would look a lot like what has been going on in Iraq.

Troops are leaving a bounty of leftovers as they exit the country this month, abandoning dining-hall tables and chairs, tents, air conditioners and old vehicles.

Unlike a traditional American yard sale, the military bric-a-brac is free. The stuff likely would be dumped back home.


For an Iraqi force moving into once-bustling U.S. bases, the accouterments are just the thing to make the soldier’s life a little more comfortable as he takes on the full load of fighting insurgents against the government.

The State Department, which inherits the lead U.S. role in Iraq on Jan. 1, also is accepting hand-me-downs, such as armored vehicles and surveillance electronics to protect its turf.

2 Comments in Response to

Comment by David Jackson
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     It's worth selling to the highest bidder.

      It's worth blowing to hell.

      It's worth dismantling for functional electronics and ordnance.


Comment by Scott Heitmann
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It was left there to make it easier on our next visit

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