‘Newly released declassified audit from the US DoD, more than $1 billion in weapons and equipment are completely unaccounted for..” Via The War Files


Via The War Files  –  According to a newly released declassified audit from the US DoD, more than $1 billion in weapons and equipment are completely unaccounted for, and were meant for the Iraqi Army. The information was made public earlier this week as a result of a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request from human rights group: Amnesty International. Over $1 billion in arms and military equipment designated under the Iraq Train and Equip Fund, meant to aid Iraqi security forces combatting the Islamic State, wasn’t accounted for, the DOD audit found. The US Army’s 1st Theater Sustainment Command “did not have effective controls to maintain complete visibility and accountability of ITEF equipment in Kuwait and Iraq prior to transfer to the Government of Iraq,” the audit said. “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,” Patrick Wilcken, Amnesty International’s Arms Control and Human Rights Researcher, 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.” The ITEF started off as a $1.6 billion program, but last year, Congress approved a $715 million dollar increase. The transfers include, according to Amnesty, “tens of thousands of assault rifles worth $28 million, hundreds of mortar rounds and hundreds of Humvee armoured vehicles” to the Iraqi Army and other allies.

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