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Control of weapons faulted

February 12, 2009|Washington Post

WASHINGTON — Tens of thousands of assault rifles and other arms in Afghanistan are at risk of being stolen because U.S. officials have lost track of them, according to a congressionally ordered audit that warns that some weapons may already be in Taliban hands.

The Government Accountability Office found that inventory controls were lacking for more than a third of the 242,000 light weapons the U.S. donated to Afghan forces -- including AK-47s, mortars, machine guns and grenade launchers.

Records were also inadequate for 135,000 weapons donated by other NATO countries, the report says.

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