Saturday, May 27, 2017

U.S. lost track of $1 billion of weapons, equipment transferred to Iraq

The U.S. military failed to properly monitor over $1 billion worth of arms and equipment transferred to Iraq and Kuwait in 2015. The military transfers were carried out under the purview of the Iraq Train and Equip Fund (ITEF), a $1.6-billion fund set up by Congress to assist American allies on the ground in Iraq, including Kurdish fighters and tribal security forces. Around 20,000 small and heavy arms, 2,000 anti-tank weapons, 200 landmine-clearing charges and 29 light-armoured vehicles were provided under the ITEF mandate. But the equipment hasn’t been adequately accounted for.
Rather than use automated systems to track military assets, the TSC used spreadsheets developed by different commands. ITEF was specifically set up to help aid the fight against the Islamic State group. But Amnesty International says the U.S. already stands accused of inadvertently leaking arms to militants in the past.