U.S. forces have recovered a huge cache of weapons that was given to Afghan security forces but wound up in the hands of the Taliban, a U.S. military review has found.
The Afghan army and national police have lost 13,000 weapons, 200,000 rounds of ammunition, 80 vehicles and one pair of night vision goggles, members of a U.S. task force told USA Today.
All the gear was bought for the Afghans by Americans, part of $330 million in weapons purchases.
Most of the weapons have been seized from the Taliban or other insurgent forces.
The review by Joint Task Force 1228 deals with weapons lost or recovered in the past 11 months.
“Most of it comes off of dead bodies,” said Army Lt. Col. Michael Rayburn, who heads the task force.
AFGHANISTAN: U.S. struggles to track arms
The actual number of items unaccounted for will be larger, because guns and ammo have been handed over to the Afghans since 2002.
No U.S. deaths have been attributed to the weapons, but the military is aware that it may be facing its own weapons on the battlefield.
“No (American) wants to see their son or daughter killed by American weapons,” said Ken Feiereisen, a civilian working with the task force.
Last year, Congress began requiring American forces in Afghanistan to better track every bullet, M-4 assault rifle and Humvee purchased by U.S. forces after similar problems with missing weaponry in Iraq.
Members of Task Force 1228 sort through weapons that Afghan security forces have seized from insurgent compounds, discovered in bazaars, taken from illegal arms sellers or recovered after battles.
Read the rest of Alan Gomez’s story at USA Today.
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by Tactical-Life.com / Mar 15, 2010