Friday, September 28, 2007
Missing In Action
Add 190,000 firearms to the list of "Stuff We've Sent To Iraq That's Unaccounted For", right there under the 360 tons of cash we managed to lose track of:
The command said 185,000 Russian-designed AK-47 rifles, 170,000 pistols, 215,000 sets of body armor, and 140,000 helmets had been issued to Iraq troops by September 2005, according to the July GAO report.
But due to incomplete record-keeping, the command couldn't be certain if the Iraqis received 110,000 of the rifles, or 80,000 of the pistols. More than half of the body armor and helmets couldn't be tracked.
According to Turkey, some of these weapons have ended up in PKK hands, and the FBI is investigating whether former Blackwater employees were involved in diverting them onto the black market.
Of course, given what we know about how sectarian militias have infiltrated the Iraqi Army, I'm not sure it would have made such a difference had the weapons made it to their destination.