Pentagon ‘has no authority’ to ask for arms back from Taliban

Pentagon ‘has no authority’ to ask for arms back from Taliban

[Ed. – Somehow, that sounds like an excuse.  Just saying.]

After spending $626 million in taxpayer funds to arm the Afghanistan security forces, U.S. government inspectors have discovered that large portions of the weapons have gone missing and have likely fallen into the hands of militant insurgents, according to a new report.

In addition to these lost or misplaced weapons, government inspectors found that the United States has over-armed the Afghan forces, creating a glut of weaponry that is only expected to grow larger as the Afghan National Security Forces (ANSF) reduces its numbers.

Due to the Afghan government’s inability to properly account for and store these arms, U.S. inspectors are warning that the American weapons could fall into the hands of insurgents—a problem made more likely by the Pentagon’s lack of authority to recapture lost weapons. …

Pentagon “officials told SIGAR that they do not currently have the authority to recapture or remove weapons that have already been provided to the ANSF,” the report found.

This means that excess weapons—including rifles, pistols, machine guns, grenade launchers, and shotguns—that have not been tracked or stored properly could wind up anywhere.

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