87,000 U.S. Weapons Missing in Afghanistan

Friday, February 13, 2009
(photo by Spc. Gregory J. Argentieri/U.S. Army)

An audit report released by the Government Accountability Office (GAO) revealed the disturbing fact that more than one third of the 242,203 small arms and light weapons shipped to the Afghan National Army and the Afghan National Police cannot be accounted for. Among these 87,000 missing weapons are AK-47 assault rifles, pistols, machine guns, grenade launchers, shotguns and rocket-propelled grenade launchers. It is feared that many of these weapons have found their way into the hands of the Taliban. A separate report by the Pentagon criticized U.S. Central Command for poor practices that, for many of the weapons, did not even include keeping a record of their serial numbers. Only nine officers were in charge of overseeing the program, which disbursed more than $1.7 billion in 2007. None of the nine had previous foreign military sales experience.

Lost U.S. Weapons May Be Going to Taliban, GAO Says (by Joby Warrick and R. Jeffrey Smith, Washington Post)


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