28 Jul '14, 6pm

Thousands of U.S. weapons to #Afghanistan are unaccounted for: #Military

Thousands of U.S. weapons to #Afghanistan are unaccounted for: #Military

Many of the 747,000 weapons the U.S. Department of Defense has given to the Afghan National Security Forces (ANSF) have not been properly labeled or accounted for, according to a new report by the Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction (SIGAR). The widespread mislabeling, duplicate labeling, and rudimentary tracking of weapons means that insurgents could easily get a hold of guns or other weapons. The value of the 747,000 weapons, including AK-47s and M-16s, is estimated at $626 million. The most troubling statistic was the following: a review of 474,823 weapon serial numbers from one U.S. database found that 43%, or 203,888 weapons, had missing information or duplicate serial numbers. The SIGAR report found that the systems used to track the whereabouts and information of U.S. weapons to Afghanistan are grossly inadequate, at least in their current form....

Full article: http://www.worldpolicy.org/blog/2014/07/28/weapons-unacco...

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