BOMBSHELL: DOD Admits $81 Million In Us Army Super Tanks Ended Up With Iran-Backed Militias

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The Lead Inspector General (Lead IG) has released a report to the United States Congress on Operation Inherent Resolve (OIR), the overseas contingency operation (OCO) to combat the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS). The report covers the status of foreign operations from the period of Oct. 01, 2017, to Dec. 31, 2017.

According to the bombshell audit, the Department of State (DoS) finally acknowledged that “U.S.-provided military equipment” made its way into the hands of “of non-authorized end-users.”
The audit specified as many as nine M1 Abrams main battle tanks provided to Iraq’s military for the fight against the Islamic State (IS) ended up in the hands of Iranian-backed terrorist groups. The audit details that Popular Mobilization Forces (PMF) obtained the tanks, which ultimately were seized by ISIS after the fall of Mosul and the second battle of Tikrit.

This quarter, the Department of State (DoS) acknowledged that some U.S.-provided military equipment sent to support the mission, including as many as nine M1 Abrams tanks, had fallen into the hands of Iranian-backed militias that fought against ISIS in Iraq. The DoS pressed the Iraqi government to prioritize the return of defense articles provided by the United States as designated in the sale agreements.

Further, the audit highlights that the DoS and Department of Defense (DoD) have many “challenges” when it comes to accountability of arms and equipment transferred to the Iraqi Army, which has ended up in the hands of terrorist organizations.

The challenges for the DoS and DoD to account for the whereabouts of arms and equipment transferred to the ISF have grown since the fight to drive ISIS from Iraq.248 During the past quarter, the DoS reported that it continued to stress to the Iraqi government that it had an obligation to maintain U.S.-origin equipment under the operational control of the end-user designated in the sale agreement. Further, the DoS pressed Iraq to act as quickly as possible to return these articles to their intended recipients.

The audit’s findings add validity to a news report by Baghdad-based al-Ghad news agency which said American defense company General Dynamics, who produces the Abrams tanks, had suspended maintenance support for 160 of its tanks in December amid allegations that Iraqi Security Forces (ISF) broke an agreement on the terms of use.
“The US tank company [General Dynamics] withdrew from its base in Baghdad’s al-Muthanna airport after finding out that Iraq violated the terms of the contract which only authorized the Iraqi army to use the US provided tanks,” the report stated.
According to Kurdistan 24, General Dynamics removed its staff from Iraq once it found out that the Iraqi Army gave Abrams tanks to illegitimate armed groups.

According to the report, the US company had previously informed the Iraqi government about the provision of Abrams tanks to armed groups that do not belong to the Iraqi army.
 
After the company’s compliance, the Iraqi government retrieved one of the tanks from the Hashd al-Shaabi during an anti-Islamic State (IS) operation in Anbar Province, the report added.
 
General Dynamics’ staff in Iraq left the country for the Christmas holidays and had not returned yet as the Iraqi government promised it would return the tank to the company’s maintenance site by the beginning of February, al-Ghad Press explained.
 
Al-Ghad Press also noted the company had threatened “a final withdrawal” from Iraq if it was proven that Iran, which backs the Hashd al-Shaabi, had reproduced the tank.

If the DoS and the DoD transferred M1 Abrams tanks to Iraq’s Defense Ministry despite the understanding that it could be given to PMF or other terrorist organizations, then the DoD could have violated the Leahy Law – which prohibits the United States military industrial complex and the DoS from selling defense products to security forces guilty of abusing human rights.

5 thoughts on “BOMBSHELL: DOD Admits $81 Million In Us Army Super Tanks Ended Up With Iran-Backed Militias

  1. Somebody needs to go to jail. DOD needs to prosecute this matter. We certainly do not need potential enemies armed with our main battle tanks.

  2. Wow! They tracked down Tanks being loaned to Iran by Iraq to fight DEASH. Hmmm, well what about those MANPADS used to shoot down the Russian Major? Wonder where they came from. Will We ever know? MAGA!

  3. General Dynamics may have left, but there is no guarantee their people left. The situation is more than just a bit confused, but you can bet every piece of gear not under the direct control of the US armed forces has been compromised to some degree. Iranian, Bulgarian, Chinese or Russian copies are sure to be on the market soon. Our technical edge, if we ever had one is sure to be reduced if not lost altogether. Reverse engineering high tech takes years less than developing it. Prepare to receive our soldiers home in black rubber gift wrap courtesy of corrupt politicians.

  4. Well the story eventually got the main point correct. The equipment ended up with ISIS. The US has been supplying ISIS for years, while publicly declaring ISIS a terrorist group. So the real “problem” the US has is how to keep up the charade that ISIS is not an ally who has been created by the US and its allies. It must be horrible to be in a position where your effort to arm your mercenaries are successful, yet in public you have to fake incompetence. What a joke.

  5. “DOD Admits $81 Million In Us Army Super Tanks Ended Up With Iran-Backed Militias”
    Since we have so much military hardware and M-1 Tanks in Iran, perhaps this is where President Trump should have his parade?
    Now I understand why President Trump has to keep adding $billion’s to our Pentagon Budget. It’s hard to keep our military stocked with things like armaments & M1 Abrams Tanks, especially when we keep giving them away to our “alleged” enemies for free.

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