Pentagon Admits Losing $1 Billion of Weapons In Iraq, In Addition To the Trillions of Dollars Missing

[SEE: Pentagon Claims That It Has “Lost” Over $18 Trillion, Which Probably Paid Foreign Army Payrolls]

Audit Report

09-14-2016
Equipping and Training Iraq and Afghan Security Forces
The Army Did Not Implement Effective Controls To Maintain Visibility and Accountability of Iraq Train and Equip Fund Equipment (Project No. D2016-D000JB-0104.000)
DODIG-2016-134
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Objective

We determined whether the Army had effective controls for processing and transferring Iraq Train and Equip Fund (ITEF) equipment to the Government of Iraq. This is the third in a series of audits on property accountability in support of Operation Inherent Resolve.

ITEF, created by the FY 2015 National Defense Authorization Act, assists the Government of Iraq to combat the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant. Examples of ITEF equipment provided to the Government of Iraq include body armor, navigation sets, magazine pouches, ambulances, and cargo trucks.

Findings

Army commands documented procedures for processing and transferring ITEF equipment to the Government of Iraq. However, the 1st TSC did not have effective controls to maintain complete visibility and accountability of ITEF equipment in Kuwait and Iraq prior to transfer to the Government of Iraq. Equipment visibility provides users with equipment location, movement, and status. Army Regulation 735-5 states that all property acquired by the Army will be continuously accounted for from the time of acquisition until the ultimate consumption or disposal of the property. However, the 1st TSC could not provide complete data for the quantity and dollar value of equipment on hand, including rolling stock and ammunition. Rolling stock refers to vehicles. Examples include Mine Clearance Systems, ambulances, and wrecker trucks. The 1st TSC did not have effective controls because it did not use centralized systems to maintain visibility and accountability of ITEF equipment. Instead, the 1st TSC relied on multiple spreadsheets developed by different commands in both Kuwait and Iraq to provide it with visibility and accountability of equipment and did not consistently account for equipment in Iraq.

As a result, the 1st TSC did not have accurate, up-to-date records on the quantity and location of ITEF equipment on hand in Kuwait and Iraq. Accurate, up-to-date records of equipment on hand in Kuwait and Iraq are critical for filling equipment requests. The process to contact multiple commands and reference multiple spreadsheets to determine equipment quantities and location could delay the fulfillment of a request or delay the development of future requests. In addition, not having accurate records of equipment on hand could result in duplicate equipment requests. Further, the use of manually populated spreadsheets increased the risk for human-error when inputting and updating equipment data.

Recommendation

We recommend that the Commander, 1st Theater Sustainment Command, use automated systems to account for and provide complete visibility of Iraq Train and Equip Fund equipment.

Management Actions Taken

During the audit we informed the Deputy Commanders, 1st TSC and Combined Joint Forces Land Component Command–Operation Inherent Resolve; the Commander, 336th Combat Sustainment Support Battalion; and officials from the Combined Joint Task Force–Operation Inherent Resolve of the lack of centralized visibility and accountability systems for ITEF equipment.

The Deputy Commander, 1st TSC, agreed with our findings and immediately initiated steps to implement corrective actions. As a short-term solution, 1st TSC developed a centralized equipment visibility tracker. The tracker, located on a shared drive, allowed the 1st TSC and commands associated with the ITEF program to have a centralized system to track ITEF equipment on hand at multiple locations and make changes to the tracker when ITEF equipment was processed through their locations. As a long‑term solution, 1st TSC is working towards using Army visibility and accountability systems to further increase its visibility and accountability of ITEF equipment. The Deputy Commander, 1st TSC, anticipates full use of the systems in late 2016. The management actions taken addressed the concerns we identified; therefore, we are not making any additional recommendations.

US/Russia May Actually Be Avoiding Accidental Conflict In Syria

 
U.S. and Russian forces operating in Syria have increased the use of the deconfliction hotline — a communication line opened to avoid midair collisions and reduce the potential for miscalculation by forces operating in Syria, according to Air Force Lt. Gen. Jeffrey Harrigian, commander of U.S. Air Forces Central Command.

As American-backed Kurdish forces have advanced, with the aid of U.S. airpower, to within a couple kilometers of Raqqa, the self-declared capital of the Islamic State group, the airspace around the area has become “tight,” Harrigian explained.

“What we are trying to do is drive down ambiguity,” Harrigian said.

On May 18, several phone calls between Russian and U.S. military officials were made regarding the movement of Syrian-backed militias moving toward the an-Tanf border crossing, near where U.S. forces are training partner forces in the fight against ISIS.

Despite Russian attempts to halt the advance, the convoy continued onward to within 55 kilometers of what Harrigan described as a deconfliction zone for the an-Tanf region. U.S. aircraft  conducted a show of force, fired warning shots, then destroyed an armored vehicle and a “technical” — a modified pickup truck with a mounted machine gun, Harrigian explained.

The U.S. has made its intentions clear to the Russians regarding an-Tanf, and deconfliction is now working well, said Capt. Jeff Davis. Pro-regime militias have since halted their advance toward An-Tanf, but there is still one group inside the deconfliction zone. Over the weekend there was another show of force by U.S. aircraft.

“They have gotten the memo,” Davis said.

U.S. forces are watching the movements of Syrian-backed militias in the an-Tanf region around the clock. “Over time they will recognize it is not in their best interest to move toward us,” Harrigian said.

He declined to provide further details on whether other acknowledged deconfliction zones between the U.S. and Russia exist in Syria. However, as the operations there become more complex with the steady collapse of ISIS, the need to be lear about intentions and operations is ever more important.

The deconfliction areas should not be confused with de-escalation zones, Harrigian explained, which are no-fly zones established during the Astana talks in Kazakhstan. The U.S. is not party to that agreement and does not recognize any zones that impede its ability to go after its enemies in Syria, he said.

“Wherever the enemy is at, wherever they present themselves, we are going to go after them,” Harrigian said.

To ease potential mishaps and miscalculation as the battlefield in Syria becomes more dynamic, the deconfliction line has expanded beyond just calls between a Russian and U.S. colonel. In a few rare cases, there have been calls at the two and three-star level, Harrigian said. But with Syrian and Russian forces pushing east  while anti-ISIS shaping operations were beginning in Raqqa, the need to be more clear about maneuvering forces and intentions required a higher level of contact and detail, Harrigian said.

The Russians have been receptive to U.S. operations in the region, he said, adding, “In most situations we have a common enemy.”

It can take several phone calls to make intentions clear, but the U.S. has freedom of movement to go after its enemies in Syria, to include ISIS and al-Qaida affiliates.

In only one case have Russian aircraft conducted an unprofessional intercept of a U.S. aircraft, according to Harrigan. The incident involved a U.S. KC-10 air refueling tanker and a Russian Su-35 or Su-30 fighter aircraft. U.S. military officials called out the Russians on their unprofessional action, and the Russians apologized for the incident, Harrigian said.

Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces have made steady gains since the capture of the Tabqa dam in early May. Just a stone’s throw away from Raqqa, Kurdish militants are close to seizing the Baath dam, which “is the last vehicle-accessible crossing point of the Euphrates River near Raqqa,” according to officials at U.S. Central Command. With the pending liberation of Raqqa on the horizon, deconfliction and transparency of intentions in the congested airspace will be important for both U.S. and Russian forces operating in the region.

Young Couple Abducted From Chinese Language Center In Quetta, Balochistan

QUETTA – Two Chinese nationals, a man and a woman, were kidnapped from the Jinnah Town area of Quetta, the provincial capital of Balochistan, on Wednesday afternoon, news agencies reported.

According to police, unknown abductors had forced the two foreigners into a vehicle at gunpoint and driven away.

“A Chinese couple was kidnapped from the neighbourhood of Jinnah town in Quetta today. The couple was running a Chinese language centre,” Acting Deputy Inspector General Police Aitzaz Goraya told AFP.

“When they left the language centre for lunch, they were dragged into a vehicle without number plates by three unknown men,” he said. The men then began firing weapons in the air to scare off onlookers.

One Chinese woman managed to escape and ran back to the centre, while a passer-by received a gunshot wound.

A passer-by Muhammad Zahir told AFP: “I was walking on the road when I saw three men forcing a Chinese woman in a white car and she was refusing and crying, I stopped to observe the situation but they had forced the woman in the car by then and were pushing the man.

“So I rushed to them and asked what they were doing. One of them said we are from the crime branch of the police and we are taking them for investigation and I told them that they should not misbehave with people, then the driver came out and shot me in my foot,” the 35-year-old said.

Goraya said, “We collected evidence from the spot and efforts are underway to recover the Chinese nationals unhurt.”

Chinese state media confirmed the kidnappings, while deputy chief of mission in Islamabad Lijian Zhao said the embassy was working toward their release.

Balochistan Chief Minister Sanaullah Zehri suspended the concerned Deputy Superintendent of Police, the SHO of Jinnah Town and SHO Gwalmandi over their alleged negligence in connection with the kidnapping of the Chinese nationals.

The chief minister also directed the Inspector General of Police to prepare a standard operating procedure with regard to the security of foreign nationals residing in Balochistan.

No group has claimed the responsibility of kidnapping foreign nationals so far.

US Drone Strike In Khost Kills 3 TTP/ISIS Taliban, While Pak Army Hangs 2 More, Same Group

[Bear with me while I try to unravel a poorly reported pair of events which confirm US/Pak Army joint efforts to mop-up the TTP remnants in Eastern Afghanistan.  From the primary report we learn that 3 [TTP] militants were killed overnight in a drone strike somewhere in Khost Province, as confirmed by Taliban spokesman Abdullah Waziristani.   Googling Waziristani, we learn that he is spokesman for the Majlis-e-Askari group, one of four Pak-Taliban (TTP) factions which joined “Islamic State of Khorasan” (ISK) in Nangarhar Province, Afghanistan.  One of those groups is commanded by Umar Mansoor, mastermind of Peshawar school attack. 

Meanwhile, we learn from another report that 2 other members of the Umar Mansoor group were hanged today in Pakistan. 

Umar was allegedly killed [July 9, 2016] by US drone in Nangarhar.

This series of events continues the precedent of US and Pak Army forces combining efforts to eliminate the remnant of the TTP hiding-out in Eastern Afghanistan.  This represents a marked shift from the hands-off policies of Obama, which began with the US/Pak capture of main TTP spokesman from the remnants of Hakeemullah Mehsud’s Waziristani Taliban (SEE: TTP Spokesman Sells-Out Former Mehsud Comrades For Drone Assassination In Paktika).]

US drone strike on Afghan border kills 3 Pakistani Taliban

 

A Pakistani government official says a suspected U.S. drone strike has targeted a compound in Afghanistan, killing three local Taliban militants.

Kamran Afridi, an official in the Pakistani border town of Miran Shah, says the strike took place Wednesday just across the Afghan border in the village of Gurowek in Khost province.

A Taliban commander who identified himself as Abdullah Waziristani confirmed the attack, saying the targeted compound belonged to a local Taliban commander. There was no immediate confirmation from inside Khost province.

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“A spokesman for the Majlis-e-Askari, a little known Taliban group, claimed responsibility for the [10/27/2015] attack.  The group’s spokesman Abdullah Waziristani...”–https://www.dawn.com/news/1215867/seven-fc-men-die-in-cross-border-attack

“Irfan U Din further said that ISK militants are nowadays offering hitherto unknown amount of money to senior commanders of Pakistani Taliban in Afghanistan to join them…Although majority of the Pakistani Taliban factions stationed inside Afghanistan have rejected to join ISK however, four relatively smaller group (Abdullah Islam Group,Majlis-e-Askari, Umar Mansur Group and Tawhid Wal Jihad) all affiliated with Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan have recently joined ISK in Afghanistan”, says Irfan.”–FRC Biannual Security Report for Afghanistan 2016

Umar Mansoor mastermind of Peshawar school attack: TTP

“Umar Mansoor has on Monday [09 February,2016] been injured and his son died in a United States (US) drone strike in the Nangarhaar province of Afghanistan.”

 

Umar was allegedly killed [July 9, 2016] by US drone in Nangarhar

 

Pakistan hangs 2 terrorists involved in Peshawar school massacre

“Pakistan Army said Atta Ullah and Taj Muhammad were active members of the proscribed Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP)…’These terrorists were involved in committing heinous offences relating to terrorism, including attack on Army Public School Peshawar, killing of innocent civilians, attacking Armed Forces of Pakistan and Law Enforcement Agencies,’ army said.”

Mindanao under martial law

Mindanao under martial law

Duterte cuts Russia trip short to oversee siege of Marawi

By Ben Rosario and Genalyn Kabiling

Moscow, Russia — President Duterte, on a working visit here, placed the whole of Mindanao under martial law last night to suppress lawless violence and rebellion, following the deadly siege of the Maute terror group in Marawi City, Lanao del Sur.

The President has decided to cut short his visit to Russia and rush back to the country to oversee the security situation, Palace officials announced last night in a press conference in Moscow.

“As of 10 p.m., Manila time, he has already declared martial for the entire island of Mindanao,” Presidential Spokesman Ernesto Abella said in the televised press conference at the Four Seasons Hotel where Duterte is billeted.

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President Rodrigo Duterte confers with Executive Secretary Salvador Medialdea and Special Assistant to the President, Christopher Bong Go, as he declared martial law in Mindanao amidst attacks perpetrated by the Isis-backed Maute Group.

“This is possible under the grounds of existence of rebellion because of what is happening in Mindanao based on Article VII Section 18 of the Constitution. This is good for 60 days,” he added.

Abella, in a later statement, said the martial law in Mindanao was necessary “to suppress lawless violence and rebellion and for public safety.”

Duterte is expected to return to Manila to today to attend to the terrorist threat of the ISIS-influenced Maute rebels who laid siege on Marawi.

The President previously issued repeated warnings that he would declare martial law in Mindanao if the lawlessness escalates in the region.

Yesterday afternoon’s attack on Marawi City by the Maute gunmen has reportedly wounded at least eight troopers, the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) reported. Separate reports said three on the side of the government have been killed.

Foreign Affairs Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano and Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana joined the press conference.

“Joint elements of the army and the police were trying to serve a warrant of arrest on Isnilon Hapilon in Barangay Basak Malutut when they were met with gunfire?” Lorenzana revealed.

Lorenzana denied there was a failure of intelligence noting that the Maute threat has been there all along.

Lorenzana admitted that there has been “lack of appreciation of the intelligence information gathered by the military and police.”

Meanwhile, Duterte has assured the nation that government troops could effectively address the security situation in in Marawi City, Lanao del Sur.

The President, however, has appealed to the public to remain calm yet vigilant following reports troops clashed with members of the Maute group in Marawi.

“Let us be clear that first and foremost, the President’s priority is the nation’s interest,” Abella said. “He has full confidence in AFP/ PNP’s management of the situation; and we ask that the residents take all precaution, cooperate with authorities, and stay calm,” he added.

Cayetano said he has spoken with his Russian counterpart to explain the tense security situation gripping the country.

“They (Russian officials) understand that the presence of the President is essential to the Philippines but I will be staying behind,” said Cayetano.

He also assured that all agreements will be completed between Philippines and Russia

Duterte was expected to return to the Philippines at about 3 am (Philippine time) today.

The Chief Executive was supposed to meet Putin tomorrow and Russian Prime Minister Dmitri Medvedev today.

Situation in Marawi

It is pitch black in the city with the electricity cut and residents have been advised by AFP Chief of Staff Eduardo Año to stay indoors.

Lorenzana advised the same, noting that Maute snipers were a threat to civilians who may be mistaken for security forces.

Last night, Marawi City Mayor Majul Gandamra went on television to seek for military reinforcement.

Based on sketchy reports, Lt. Col. Jo-Ar Herrera, spokesman of the Army’s 1st Infantry Division, said the clashes started at about 2 p.m. at Barangay Basak Malulut, Marawi City.

Herrera said the military received a report from the community that they saw a group of armed men believed to be the core group of the Maute Group.

He said that Hapilon, whom the AFP said was seriously wounded during airstrikes in Butig, Lanao del Sur, on January 26, 2017, is part of the group seen in Marawi City.

“According to the community there, they saw about 15 armed in Barangay Basak Malulut, said to be the core group of the Maute Group,” Herrera said.

“So we immediately launched a surgical operation to neutralize the group who plan to conduct terrorist attacks in Marawi City.”

“Initially, what they saw were 15 members of the armed group. Allegedly Isnilon Hapilon is also there. So our operation is centered on a high-value target,” he added.

Herrera, however, said that they have yet to get details from their men on the ground if the enemy sustained any casualties, stressing that the firefight is ongoing as of press time.

Herrera also said that they have yet to verify reports that members of the Maute Group occupied and raised an “ISIS” flag at the Amai Pakpak Medical Center during their attack.

“We have not received any report regarding that,” Herrera said.  (With reports from Francis T. Wakefield)

[Editor–Here is the missing visual evidence of the ISIS infestation.

In pictures: ISIS takes control of its first city in the Philippines]

 

 

ISIS Really A Global Guerilla/Terrorist Marketing Corporation?

Busted: ISIS Really a Guerrilla Marketing Company

Source: The Daily Bell

ISIS wants to poison our water supply, but the joke’s on them! The U.S. government already beat them to the punch.

The extremist group has reportedly poisoned prisoners by spiking their food and water with compounds used in pesticides that are easy to obtain

Security forces now fear the terror network may hatch a twisted plot to contaminate Western food supplies with formulas that quickly dissolve in liquid.

Oh, you mean like by spraying Roundup and other herbicides on thousands upon thousands of acres of agricultural land? Or maybe by intentionally adding fluoride to the water supply even though drinking it has proven ineffective in promoting dental health, but quite effective in causing tons of health issues and making people more moldable to authority?

Sorry ISIS the United States government is way ahead of you in poisoning the citizens. True, ISIS is experimenting with immediate killers like thallium sulfate, but that’s nothing a reverse osmosis filter can’t handle.

In fact, ISIS may have just inadvertently saved millions of people by spurring them to purchase state of the art water filtration systems. In attempting to protect themselves from terrorism, Americans may inadvertently protect themselves from the U.S. government.

That’s it, the truth is out! ISIS is really the guerilla marketing campaign to sell Americans on protecting themselves from our government. Busted. The old reverse psychology trick.

But in reality, this might not be far from the truth. It’s just that ISIS is really a marketing company designed to sell us fear.

The CIA and U.S. military were caught spending over half a billion dollars in Iraq to make propaganda videos which would then be disseminated through various forms of media. Some of these videos were specifically made to resemble videos by Arab news outlets and surely passed for such on many occasions.

Also widely believed, is that the CIA created the supposed ISIS beheading videos which made their rounds a couple years ago. And seeing as there is plenty of evidence that the CIA created ISIS itself, this is not hard to believe.

Take it With a Grain of Thallium Sulfate

We don’t want to make light of serious issues, but any news about what ISIS is doing raises red flags. We know ISIS is a creation of the CIA (whether you think they created it deliberately or accidentally).

We also know that the main point of various terrorist organizations (including those funded by the U.S. government) is to spread fear. Surely many terrorists would be perfectly happy killing millions of Americans, but that is a very unlikely scenario.

Still, as always we need to be alert to potential real risks in order to thwart them, while not falling into the trap of being so fearful that we change the course of our lives and thus deliver the terrorists in and outside of our government their victory.