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The US #military
lost track of $1 billion worth of #arms
bound for #Iraq
according to a US #DepartmentofDefense
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 #IraqiArmy,
reported The Middle East Monitor.
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.
Regarding the implications of the massive mistake, 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 #IslamicState
[Daesh].” The military transfers came under the #IraqTrainandEquipFund
(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 #assaultrifles
worth $28 million, hundreds of #mortar
rounds and hundreds of #Humvee #armoredvehicles,
which were destined for use by the central Iraqi Army, including the predominantly Shia Popular Mobilisation Units, as well as the Kurdish Peshmerga forces, according to MEM.
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.⬇ #ButWithoutTheGovernmentWeWouldAllBeIrresponsible #Incompetence