How the US Lost Track of $2 Billion Worth of Weapons Sent to Fight ISIS

Eh, no big deal. What could 2 billion dollars worth of arms in the Middle East do anyway?

(From The Fiscal Times)

By the end of 2016, almost all of the money in the Iraq Train & Equip Fund had been spent on machine guns, rifles, shotguns, grenade launchers, body armor, helmets, trucks, mine-resistant vehicles and ambulances, among other materiel. It was shipped from the U.S. to staging sites in Kuwait and Iraq for distribution to Iraqi security forces and the Kurdistan Regional Government.

But the General Accounting Office said in a report last week that once the arms reached Kuwait, tracking of the distribution chain broke down and the Pentagon is unable to account for where $2 billion worth of shipments wound up.

The Defense Department did “not collect timely and accurate transportation information about the equipment purchased through the fund. As a result, DOD can’t demonstrate that this equipment reached its intended destinations in Iraq,” the report said.

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