US lost track of 190,000 weapons given to Iraqi forces

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US lost track of 190,000 weapons given to Iraqi forces

I guess many of them get pointed right back at them, and many others are smuggeled off to other para military groups to use against each other.

The US government cannot account for 190,000 weapons issued to Iraqi security forces in 2004 and 2005, according to an investigation carried out by the Government Accountability Office.

According to the July 31 report,
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The military cannot fully account for about 110,000 AK-47 assault rifles, 80,000 pistols, 135,000 items of body armor and 115,000 helmets reported as issued to Iraqi forces.


The weapons disappeared from records between June 2004 and September 2005, as the military struggled to re-build the disbanded Iraqi forces from scratch.

Since 2004 the military "has not consistently collected supporting records confirming the dates the equipment was received, the quantities of equipment delivered, or the Iraqi units receiving the items," the report said.

"Since 2006 the command has placed greater emphasis on collecting the supporting documents. However, GAO's review of the January 2007 property books found continuing problems with missing and incomplete records."

The United States has spent $19.2 billion on Iraq's security forces since the 2003 invasion to oust Saddam Hussein, with $2.8 billion devoted to equipping them.

 http://www.dailystar.com.lb...
By netchicken: posted on 2-8-2007








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