The Pentagon cannot track thousands of weapons meant for the Afghan army, raising the danger of assault rifles, grenade launchers and mortars falling into militant hands, a U.S. watchdog said on Thursday.
The weapons at risk accounted for 36 percent of the 242,203 small arms the U.S. government has bought and shipped to Afghanistan since December 2004, according to a report by the Government Accountability Office, or GAO, a nonpartisan investigative arm of Congress.
Nearly one of every 25 weapons the U.S. military bought for Iraqi security forces is missing and many others cannot be repaired because parts or technical manuals are lacking, a government audit said Sunday.
The Defense Department cannot account for 14,030 weapons — almost 4 percent of the semiautomatic pistols, assault rifles, machine guns, rocket-propelled grenade launchers and other weapons it began supplying to Iraq since the end of 2003, according to a report from the office of the special inspector general for Iraq reconstruction.
That was in October 2006.