Department Of Defense Audit Reveals US Lost Track Of $1 Billion Worth Of Weapons

Amnesty believes that the DoD's lax controls and record-keeping have resulted in US arms winding up in the hands of groups like ISIS.
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    The US military lost track of $1 billion worth of arms bound for Iraq and Kuwait, according to a US Department of Defense audit obtained by Amnesty International.

    The government audit, from September 2016, reveals that the DoD “did not have accurate, up-to-date records on the quantity and location” of a vast amount of equipment pouring into Kuwait and Iraq to provision the Iraqi Army.

    This audit provides a worrying insight into the US Army’s flawed – and potentially dangerous – system for controlling millions of dollars’ worth of arms transfers to a hugely volatile region, said Patrick Wilcken, Amnesty International’s arms control and human rights researcher.

    Commenting on the implications of the flaw, Wilcken said: “It makes for especially sobering reading given the long history of leakage of US arms to multiple armed groups committing atrocities in Iraq, including the armed group calling itself the Islamic State [Daesh].”

    The military transfers came under the Iraq Train and Equip Fund (ITEF). The DoD investigation, which examined whether the US Army had effective controls for processing and transferring the equipment to the Government of Iraq, reported that in 2015, US Congress appropriated $1.6 billion for the program to combat the advance of Daesh.

    The report also revealed that the transfers include tens of thousands of assault rifles worth $28 million, hundreds of mortar rounds and hundreds of Humvee armored vehicles, which were destined for use by the central Iraqi Army, including the predominantly Shia Popular Mobilisation Units, as well as the Kurdish Peshmerga forces.

    In its audit, the DoD found several serious shortcomings in how ITEF equipment was logged and monitored from the point of delivery onward, including fragmentary record-keeping in arms depots in Kuwait and Iraq and incomplete records meaning those responsible for the equipment were unable to ascertain its location or status.

    Amnesty believes that the lax controls and record-keeping within the Iraqi chain of command has resulted in arms manufactured in the USA and other countries winding up in the hands of armed groups known to be committing war crimes and other atrocities, such as Daesh, as well as paramilitary militias now incorporated into the Iraqi army.

    Read the Department of Defense’ Audit Report:

    Download the PDF file .

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    • Socrates207

      Ask ISIS, they might know.

    • Guadamour

      Trillions, not billions are unaccounted for in the Department of War

    • Romi Elnagar

      People have to stop paying their taxes.
      En masse.
      I’m not holding my breath about that, though.

    • tapatio

      It’s far more likely that the billion dollars in arms went “black”…………into the black flag of ISIS. The US has been a consistent supporter of terrorism as a means of maintaining the eternal “War on Terrorism” and to destabilize/destroy nations that are not cooperative with Washington’s predatory capitalist masters.