NGO: The Pentagon Lost Track of Thousands of Guns in Afghanistan, Iraq
- The Pentagon has lost track of at least 750,000 guns it provided to security forces in Afghanistan and Iraq during 14 years of the ongoing war on terror in response to the 9/11 attacks, according to a tally by Action on Armed Violence (AOAV), a London-based charity.
The lost weapons could be fueling the black market, reports The New York Times (NYT).
With a string of Freedom of Information Act [FOIA] requests that began last year, he [Overton] and his small team of researchers pooled 14 years' worth of Pentagon contract information related to rifles, pistols, machine guns and their associated attachments and ammunition, both for American troops and for their partners and proxies. They then crosschecked the data against other public records.
The outlet also states:
Today the Pentagon has only a partial idea of how many weapons it issued, much less where these weapons are. Meanwhile, the effectively bottomless abundance of black-market weapons from American sources is one reason Iraq will not recover from its post-invasion woes anytime soon.
The charity's research covered U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) data from September 11, 2001, thru September 10, 2015.(Excerpt) Read more at: breitbart.com ...
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