14,000 U.S. Supplied Weapons Reportedly Missing In Iraq - KLTV.com - Tyler, Longview, Jacksonville |ETX News

10/30/06-WASHINGTON

14,000 U.S. Supplied Weapons Reportedly Missing In Iraq

Iraqi police parade with their new uniforms in Baghdad on October 9. Iraqi police parade with their new uniforms in Baghdad on October 9.

 Thousands of weapons the United States has provided Iraqi security forces cannot be accounted for, and spare parts and repair manuals are unavailable for many others, a new report to Congress says.

The report, prepared at the request of the chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee, Virginia Republican Sen. John Warner, also found that major challenges remain that put at risk the Defense Department's goal of strengthening Iraqi security forces by transferring all logistics operations to the defense ministry by the end of 2007.

A spokesman for Warner said the senator read the report over the weekend in preparation for a meeting Tuesday with Stuart W. Bowen Jr., the Special Inspector General for Iraq Reconstruction.

Warner, who requested the report in May, "believes it is essential that Congress and the American people continue to be kept informed by the inspector general on the equipping and logistical capabilities of the Iraqi army and security forces, since these represent an important component of overall readiness," said Warner spokesman John Ullyot.

The inspector general's office released its report Sunday in a series of three audits finding that:

  • Nearly one of every 25 weapons the military bought for Iraqi security forces is missing. Many others cannot be repaired because parts or technical manuals are lacking.

  • "Significant challenges remain that put at risk" the U.S. military's goal of strengthening Iraqi security forces by transferring all logistics operations to the defense ministry by the end of 2007.

  • "The unstable security environment in Iraq touches every aspect" of the Provincial Reconstruction Team program, in which U.S. government experts help Iraqis develop regional governmental institutions.

    The Pentagon cannot account for 14,030 weapons -- almost 4 percent of the semiautomatic pistols, assault rifles, machine guns, rocket-propelled grenade launchers and other weapons it has been supplying to Iraq since the end of 2003.

    The missing weapons will not be tracked easily: The Defense Department registered the serial numbers of only about 10,000 of the 370,251 weapons it provided -- less than 3 percent.

    Missing from the Defense Department's inventory books were 13,180 semiautomatic pistols, 751 assault rifles and 99 machine guns.

    The audit on logistics capabilities said there is a "significant risk" that the Iraqi interior ministry "will not be capable of assuming and sustaining logistics support for the Iraqi local and national police forces in the near term." That support includes equipment maintenance, transportation of people and gear and health resources for soldiers and police.

    The audit on Provincial Reconstruction Teams said that, because of security issues, they "have varying degrees of ability to carry out their missions." Auditors reviewed nine teams and four satellite offices and found "4 were generally able, 4 were somewhat able, 3 were less able and 2 were generally unable" to accomplish their goals.

    Copyright 2006 The Associated Press. All rights reserved.This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.

    • NewsMore>>

    • Breaking: DPS confirms wreck involving 18 wheeler on Toll 49, west of Hwy 155

      Breaking: DPS confirms wreck involving 18 wheeler on Toll 49, west of Hwy 155

      Friday, April 28 2017 1:40 PM EDT2017-04-28 17:40:08 GMT
      (Source: Viewer photo)(Source: Viewer photo)

      DPS has confirmed to KLTV they are on their way to a wreck on Toll 49. The two vehicle wreck occurred around 12:30 p.m. just west of Highway 155 S. We're told an 18 wheeler was involved. Details are limited at this time. KLTV has a crew headed to the scene now and we will bring you the latest updates. Copyright 2017 KLTV. All rights reserved.

      More >>

      DPS has confirmed to KLTV they are on their way to a wreck on Toll 49. The two vehicle wreck occurred around 12:30 p.m. just west of Highway 155 S. We're told an 18 wheeler was involved. Details are limited at this time. KLTV has a crew headed to the scene now and we will bring you the latest updates. Copyright 2017 KLTV. All rights reserved.

      More >>
    • Afternoon Weather at your Fingertips

      Afternoon Weather at your Fingertips

    • ETX hospitals performing drills today to practice mass transfer of people

      ETX hospitals performing drills today to practice mass transfer of people

      Friday, April 28 2017 12:21 PM EDT2017-04-28 16:21:34 GMT
      From the Regional Exercise Public Information Officer. All across East Texas, Hospitals, EMS and coordinating agencies will be working together to practice the mass transfer of 200 patients.  This would be necessary when evacuating coastal hospitals and/or nursing homes before or after a hurricane; or if a hospital suffered damage during a weather event. The priority of the Texas hospital system is to maintain patient/staff safety at all times.  Practicing how these mass m...More >>
      From the Regional Exercise Public Information Officer. All across East Texas, Hospitals, EMS and coordinating agencies will be working together to practice the mass transfer of 200 patients.  This would be necessary when evacuating coastal hospitals and/or nursing homes before or after a hurricane; or if a hospital suffered damage during a weather event. The priority of the Texas hospital system is to maintain patient/staff safety at all times.  Practicing how these mass m...More >>
    Powered by Frankly