• Iraq Lost 2,300 Humvees (and More!) to IS in Mosul Alone

    June 8, 2015

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    Posted in: Embassy/State, Iran, Iraq, Syria


    See, this is why the Iraqis just can’t have nice things.

    Iraqi security forces lost 2,300 Humvee armored vehicles when the Islamic State jihadist group overran the northern city of Mosul, Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi said on Sunday.

    U.S. Weapons Already Lost to Islamic State

    Iraqi forces have previously abandoned significant types and number of heavy weapons Islamic State could not have otherwise acquired. For example, losses to IS include at least 40 M-1A1 main battle tanks. IS also picked up in Mosul and elsewhere American small arms and ammunition (including 4,000 machine guns that can fire upwards of 800 rounds per minute), and as many as 52 American M-198 howitzer mobile gun systems.

    “In the collapse of Mosul, we lost a lot of weapons,” Abadi said in an interview with Iraqiya state TV. Clashes began in Mosul, Iraq’s second city, late on June 9, 2014, and Iraqi forces lost it the following day to IS, less than 24 hours later.

    More U.S. Weapons on the Way

    To help replenish Iraq’s arms, last year the State Department approved a sale to Iraq of 1,000 Humvees with increased armor, machine guns, and grenade launchers. The U.S. is currently in the process of sending/has already sent to Iraq 175 M1A1 Abrams main battle tanks, 55,000 rounds of main gun ammunition for the tanks, $600 million in howitzers and trucks, and $700 million worth of Hellfire missiles.

    The United States has previously donated 250 MRAPs to Iraq, as well as $300 million in other weapons.

    Some $1.2 billion in future training funds for Iraq was tucked into an omnibus spending bill Congress passed earlier this year.

    For those keeping score, between 2003-2011, the United States spent $25 billion training the Iraqi Army. Some 3,000 American soldiers are currently in Iraq, re-training the Iraqi Army to re-fight Islamic State. The previously trained Iraqi army had 30,000 soldiers in Mosul, who ran away in the face of about 1,000 Islamic State fighters. The same thing happened in Ramadi, where 10,000 Iraqi soldiers fled ahead of 400 IS fighters.

    Could This Have Been Predicted?

    Professor of Economics at the Mercatus Center at George Mason University Chris Coyne, in an interview with me about a year ago even before the U.S. again sent troops into Iraq, predicted this exact scenario:

    The U.S. government provided significant amounts of military hardware to the Iraqi government with the intention that it would be used for good (national security, policing, etc.). However, during the IS offensive many of the Iraqis turned and ran, leaving behind the U.S.-supplied hardware. This weapons windfall may further alter the dynamics in Syria.

    Now the U.S. government wants to provide more military supplies to the Iraqi government to combat IS. But I haven’t heard many people recognizing, let alone discussing, the potential negative unintended consequences of doing so. How do we know how the weapons and supplies will be used as desired? What if the recipients turn and run as they have recently and leave behind the weapons? What if the weapons are stolen? In sum, why should we have any confidence that supplying more military hardware into a country with a dysfunctional and ineffective government will lead to a good outcome either in Iraq or in the broader region?

    Impact on American Policy

    And hey: A report prepared for the United Nations Security Council warns IS possesses sufficient reserves of small arms, ammunition and vehicles to wage its war in Syria and Iraq for up to two more years. And that presumes the U.S. won’t be sending more to them.

    The United States remains the world’s largest exporter of weapons.

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  • Recent Comments

    • RICH BAUER said...


      “…unintended consequences.”

      Even I have to give the DCOTP more credit than that.

      06/8/15 1:57 PM | Comment Link

    • RICH BAUER said...


      The United States remains the world’s largest exporter of weapons…to terrorists.

      06/8/15 1:58 PM | Comment Link

    • Lisa said...


      The Iraqi’s “lost them”, eh?

      In the way that older women “lose” their husbands, like so many wayward stray pups? “She lost Harold in 2014, y’know, after some 50 years.” Yup, he didn’t go missing til the very end.

      Perhaps he’s just wandering along the fence line, like some Alzheimer zombie. Maybe he will be found again (“I once was lost, but now I’m found.) It’s unlikely we will find the lost material, in the way we might like.

      Lost — what a quaint word, overladen with so many meanings.

      06/8/15 5:28 PM | Comment Link

    • jo6pac said...


      This is good news for the nations war machine and I’m sure dod has already order more to lose again and again.

      The next time the story will read We misplaced the weapons, film at 11.

      06/8/15 5:40 PM | Comment Link

    • John Poole said...


      Not so clever way to arm anti Assad types in hopes they can topple him but heck the USA does what it can to use proxies for regime change.

      06/8/15 8:16 PM | Comment Link

    • bloodypitchfork said...


      The United States of Depravity is a massive understatement.

      06/8/15 9:36 PM | Comment Link

    • bloodypitchfork said...


      In no uncertain terms, our great grandchildren will reap the repercussions of our current regime.

      06/8/15 9:38 PM | Comment Link

    • bloodypitchfork said...


      Meanwhile, the domestic side of the US of Depravity carry’s on it’s spiral into psychosis of authoritarianism on steroids…


      The sick fuckers who perpetuated this miscarriage of so called justice should be lined up in front of a firing squad. I only wish I could be amongst those aiming.

      06/8/15 9:45 PM | Comment Link

    • bloodypitchfork said...



      I’m so goddamned sick of this country’s motherfucking cesspool of evil I just want to scream. Amongst other feelings.

      06/8/15 9:49 PM | Comment Link

    • Kyzl Orda said...


      At least we know where these weapons went to. That’s accountability!

      It’s kind of a coin toss – heads this is deliberate, tails oops

      06/8/15 11:34 PM | Comment Link

    • John Poole said...


      Jyzi= the point is that stuff exchanges hands regularly, It’s a giant mix tape of arms courtesy of America’s DOD. As I stated earlier- there is no need to file off the serial numbers on all those weapons when new users drop them at the scene of the crime. It is just a big pawn shop in the sand with no redemption tickets.

      06/9/15 8:58 AM | Comment Link

    • starknakedtruth said...


      Why does the US bother with the phoney and trumped up formalities in an effort to legitimize donating US manufactured weapons and war machinery to the terrorists?

      Why not drop the pretense and simply donate the weapons directly to ISIS, rather than going through a third party…like the Iraqi army; who in turn, will donate all of their US hardware over to ISIS at some future date.

      Boggles the mind….

      06/9/15 9:33 AM | Comment Link

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