Missing in action

Where are Iraqi insurgents getting some of their weapons? Take a guess.

Published August 6, 2007 2:01PM (EDT)

Remember the $8.8 billion the Coalition Provisional Authority lost in Iraq during the early part of the war? As the Washington Post reports this morning, you can now add to the missing list 190,000 assault rifles and pistols the Pentagon gave to Iraqi security forces in 2004 and 2005.

All told, the Government Accountability Office says, the military doesn't know what has become of 30 percent of the arms it has provided to Iraqis. One not-so-unreasonable guess: They've wound up in the hands of the people shooting Americans.

By Tim Grieve

Tim Grieve is a senior writer and the author of Salon's War Room blog.

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