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Television footage broadcast today showed insurgents handling what appears to be U.S. ammunition in a remote area of eastern Afghanistan that American forces left last month following a deadly firefight that killed eight troops.
The U.S. military said the forces that left the area claim they removed and accounted for their equipment
Al-Jazeera broadcast video showing insurgents handling weapons, including anti-personnel mines with U.S. markings on them.
The ammunition could be used against U.S. and Afghan forces, although the amount shown was not extensive. However, the footage will no doubt be used by insurgent propagandists to promote their “victory” over the Americans and encourage their supporters.
U.S. Marines with Headquarters Battalion, 7th Marine Regiment, 1st Marine Division fire AK-47 assault rifles at targets during a foreign weapons fire at Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center, Twentynine Palms, Calif., May 6. The Marines are taking part in training exercise Desert Scorpion and are familiarizing themselves with weapons found in Iraq and Afghanistan. Photo: Department of Defense