Last week, Amnesty International revealed that the US Department of Defense had failed to keep tabs on more than $1 billion worth of arms and other military equipment in Iraq and Kuwait.
The US army did not have accurate, up-to-date records on the quantity and location” of equipment earmarked for the Iraqi army, according to a government audit dated September 2016.
The military transfers were under the auspices of the Iraq Train and Equip Fund, which was awarded $1.6 billion by the US Congress in 2015 to aid Iraqi government troops fighting against ISIS.
The revelation follows numerous reports that US weapons deliveries to the Middle East ended up in the hands of terrorists.
Last September, a commander of the Islamist terrorist group Jabhat Fateh Ash Sham (formerly known as the Al-Nusra Front) told Germany’s Kölner Stadt-Anzeiger newspaper that the group’s fighters had received weapons and expertise from the US, Qatar, Saudi Arabia and Israel, in their fight against the Syrian government.
Some experts said that the weapons could have made their way to ISIS terrorists via Iraqi Kurds allied with the US.
Turkish Kurds have accused Iraqi Kurds of cooperating with ISIS and the Turkish government. In 2015, Mehmet Ali Ediboglu, former deputy of the Turkish opposition Republican People’s Party (CHP), said that some Turkish and Iraqi businessmen had been financing ISIS via the purchase of oil on the black market.
It should be noted that Kuwait has become the epicenter of fundraising for terrorist groups in Syria. The situation in this country is really complicated. There are forces in the country trying to use terrorists for their own purposes. But Washington has to turn a blind eye to the actions of the Kuwaiti authorities because Kuwait has too much geostrategic importance for the Americans. What is happening can be characterized by the words of Vladimir Putin – it is “political schizophrenia.”