Almost half of the weapons the US sent over to help the Afghan security forces are now missing, and the Pentagon has no idea where they are. This equates to over 200,00 firearms that could be anywhere, but will likely end up on the black market.
The cost of the missing weapons amounts to $626 million and with militants eager to get their hands on the firearms there is reason for alarm.
According to Fox News the Defense Department’s two information systems that track weapons sent to Afghanistan are full of errors.
According to the report and an article in The Washington Times, the Pentagon has sent 747,000 weapons and auxiliary equipment, mostly small arms, to Afghan forces over the past decade. The paper reported that of the 474,823 serial numbers recorded in the tracking database, 203,888 — approximately 43 percent — had missing or duplicate information. The Times reported that auditors had discovered that 24,520 serial numbers were repeated at least once in the database, and 50, 304 serial numbers had no shipping or receiving dates recorded for them.
Jeffrey Brown, senior audit manager for SIGAR, told The Times that the agency has “no evidence” that the weapons have made their way to militant hotspots, such as neighboring Pakistan. However, he added, “That wasn’t really in the scope of our audit.”
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