U.S. lost track of 190,000 AK-47s, given to Iraqi forces.

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U.S. lost track of 190,000 AK-47s, given to Iraqi forces.

Post by AR9mm » Mon Aug 06, 2007 9:17 pm


http://www.cnn.com/2007/WORLD/meast/08/ ... index.html

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U.S. lost track of 190,000 AK-47 rifles, pistols given to Iraqi security forces

Some of them are likely being used against Americans, official told newspaper

Pentagon to begin a review to ensure full accountability, GAO says

WASHINGTON (Reuters) -- The Pentagon cannot account for 190,000 AK-47 rifles and pistols given to Iraqi security forces in 2004 and 2005, or about half the weapons earmarked for soldiers and police, according to a government report.

U.S. soldiers patrol the Iraqi village of Sweb, south of Baquba, on Wednesday.

The Government Accountability Office, the investigative arm of the U.S. Congress, said in a July 31 report to lawmakers that the Defense Department also cannot account for 135,000 items of body armor and 115,000 helmets reported to be issued to Iraqi forces as of September 22, 2005.

The GAO said the Pentagon concurred with its findings and has begun a review to ensure full accountability for the program to train and equip Iraqi forces.

"However, our review of the 2007 property books found continuing problems with missing and incomplete records," the GAO report said.

The report raised concerns that weapons provided by the United States could be falling into the hands of Iraqi insurgents, just as lawmakers and policymakers in Washington await a September report on the success of President Bush's so-called "surge" strategy for stabilizing Baghdad.

One senior Pentagon official told The Washington Post some weapons probably were being used against U.S. troops. He said an Iraqi brigade created in Falluja disintegrated in 2004 and began fighting American soldiers.

Many in Washington view the development of effective Iraqi army and police forces as a vital step toward reducing the number of U.S. troops in Iraq.

Since 2003, the United States has provided about $19.2 billion to develop Iraqi security forces, the GAO said. The Defense Department has recently asked for another $2 billion to continue the train-and-equip program.

Congress funded the program for Iraqi security forces outside traditional security assistance programs, providing the Pentagon with a large degree of flexibility in managing the effort, the GAO said.

"Officials stated that since the funding did not go through traditional security assistance programs, the DOD accountability requirements normally applicable to these programs did not apply," the GAO report said.

Military officials in Iraq reported issuing 355,000 weapons to Iraqi security forces from June 2004 through September 2005, including 185,000 rifles and 170,000 pistols, the GAO said.

But the Defense Department could not account for 110,000 rifles and 80,000 pistols, the GAO said. Those sums amount to about 54 percent of the total weapons distributed to the Iraqi forces.

The GAO quoted officials as saying the agency responsible for handling weapons distribution was too short-staffed to record information on individual items given to Iraqi forces.

Accountability procedures also could not be fully implemented because of the need to equip Iraqi forces rapidly for combat operations, the GAO found

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Post by kylec » Mon Aug 06, 2007 9:54 pm

they're probably in iran

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Post by JNS » Tue Aug 07, 2007 10:51 am

Our planning and accountability are simply astounding. The idea that we're more advanced than most nations is highly amusing because of the fact that while it is true, other nations are so much worse.

What happened to all the weapons that Saddam's forces had? Couldn't we have used those? I wish I could be the arms dealer that sold the US all those AK's... Holy crap, they made a fortune!

Maybe we should secretly lose hundreds of thousands of M4's...

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Post by Jim311 » Tue Aug 07, 2007 11:31 am

I'd like to give them the benefit of the doubt on this one. We're equipping thousands of Iraqi soldiers and I don't think it's realistic to even be ABLE to account for all of them. However, we aren't talking about a few hundred, or even a thousand. We're talking HUNDREDS of thousands. Do we even have 100k soldiers over there, much less 100k Iraqi soldiers? This war has turned into a total cluster and while I *DO* support every effort to stay there and stabilize the nation I'm beginning to wonder if that is even going to be possible. #-o

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Post by freehunter » Wed Aug 08, 2007 4:39 pm

Maybe theres a black market for used ak-47's.

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Post by g34man » Wed Aug 08, 2007 5:02 pm

Maybe they all went to Mr. Chavez.

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