WHAT WAR BRINGS: weapons ending up in ‘enemy’ hands
American taxpayers are rightly prepared to pay for all the equipment our soldiers need to defend themselves in
Yes, that’s the long and short of it from a New York Times article. Many of the weapons we have shipped to
I guess it is more sporting when both sides are well-armed, but it makes me feel rather nauseous to think that my tax dollars pay for both the bullets the US troops use and for the bullets that kill them.
I mean, really, couldn’t we find a better and more humane way to waste money?
The Government Accountability Office reports that more than 100,000 AK-47 assault rifles and another 80,000 pistols that Washington thought it was providing to Iraqi security forces in 2004 and 2005 are now unaccounted for.
More than 100,000 pieces of body armor and a similar number of helmets have also gone missing.
, fighting from some of the poorest and most remote regions on earth, have managed for years to maintain an intensive guerrilla war against materially superior American and Afghan forces. Afghanistan
Arms and ordnance collected from dead insurgents hint at one possible reason: Of 30 rifle magazines recently taken from insurgents’ corpses, at least 17 contained cartridges, or rounds, identical to ammunition the
had provided to Afghan government forces, according to an examination of ammunition markings by The New York Times and interviews with American officers and arms dealers. United States
The presence of this ammunition among the dead in the
Korangal Valley, an area of often fierce fighting near Afghanistan’s border with , strongly suggests that munitions procured by the Pentagon have leaked from Afghan forces for use against American troops. Pakistan
This article goes on to claim that some of the missing weapons in
No one seems to have a definitive answer on how the weapons and ammunition ended up in the Iraqi insurgents and Afghan insurgent’s hands. Here is a plausible explanation:
….. the concentration of Taliban ammunition identical in markings and condition to that used by Afghan units indicated that the munitions had most likely slipped from state custody, said James Bevan, a researcher specializing in ammunition for the Small Arms Survey, an independent research group in
Mr. Bevan, who has documented ammunition diversion in
Kenya, Ugandaand , said one likely explanation was that interpreters, soldiers or police officers had sold ammunition for profit or passed it along for other reasons, including support for the insurgency. “Same story, different location,” he said. Sudan
It appears that this is pretty common.
If you support the continued occupation of