US Loses 30% of Iraq Weapons

That's 110,000 AK-47s, 80,000 pistols
By Greg Atwan,  Newser User
Posted Aug 6, 2007 11:47 AM CDT
Iraq's Prime Minister Nouri Al-Maliki speaks during a press conference in Baghdad, Iraq, Saturday, July 14, 2007, acknowledging a need for further weapons and training. Currently, as many as 190,000 AK-47...   (Associated Press)
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(Newser) – Nearly a third of US weapons doled out to Iraqi security forces over the past three years are unaccounted for, a GAO report says, and insiders are worried they've fallen into the hands of insurgents. The weapons that the Pentagon can no longer track include 110,000 AK-47 assault rifles and 80,000 pistols. "They really have no idea where they are," a defense analyst says.

The GAO says weapon distribution has been chaotic and has failed to follow established procedures—especially in 2004 and 2005, when current commander David Petraeus was in charge of security training. The Washington Post reports that training and supplies in Iraq are being handled by the Pentagon, not the more customary, and accountable, State Department.