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Report: Afghan forces lost $700 million in US ammo

Posted by Martin C. Fox on September 27, 2017

Old news but pertinent. How much is lost by accident?

By the by, the DOD has never had a complete dependent audit as required by law. Some are more equal than others.

https://www.militarytimes.com/flashpoints/2017/09/26/report-nearly-a-1-billion-worth-of-ammunition-may-have-been-wasted-in-afghanistan/

U.S. officials are not sure that $702 million spent on ammunition for Afghan forces from 2015 to 2016 was used for its intended purpose, according to a recent Defense Department inspector general’s report.

This appears to be a common theme in Afghanistan where corrupt ministries continue to plunder U.S. aid with near impunity.

U.S. officials have been hesitant to enforce strong conditions-based aid in fear of its potential impacts on the battlefield.

According to an assessment by a UN monitoring team, their findings “suggested that significant quantities of arms and ammunition from Afghan military stockpiles in fact remained unaccounted for,” according to the report.

Large quantities of sophisticated foreign weaponry to include night vision devices, laser sights and optics have wound up in the hands of Taliban and ISIS fighters, according to the UN team report. Incidents “had reportedly grown and could no longer be explained solely by individual incidents of theft or battlefield capture,” the UN assessment reads.

Be seeing you

 

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