• NATO says it is planning the logistics for withdrawing $30 billion worth of military equipment and gear from Afghanistan when alliance troops leave the country. 

  • The  operation to remove thousands of armored vehicles, artillery pieces, and vast quantities of other equipment accumulated over the 10-year war will start soon. 

  • More than 10,000 US and other allied troops left Afghanistan in 2011, and tens of thousands are due to join them by the end of this year.