'US can't account for firearms to Iraqi forces'

The US Defence Department cannot account for 190,000 military rifles and pistols supplied to newly organized Iraq Army units, police and other security forces, according to a US government report.

'US can't account for firearms to Iraqi forces'
The US Defence Department cannot account for 190,000 military rifles and pistols supplied to newly organized Iraq Army units, police and other security forces, according to a US government report.

Citing a study by the Government Accountability Office, a watchdog agency within the federal government, the Washington Post reported Monday that the weapons were given to forces of the new Iraqi government in 2004-05.

There were fears that the weapons could have reached insurgents fighting the US-led military coalition in Iraq, the newspaper said.

The GAO report estimated that the US military had lost track of up to 30 per cent of firearms delivered to newly formed Iraqi units.

The US Defence Department is conducting its own probe of the allegations, the Post reported.

DPA
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