Reduce the number of illegal arms in Afghanistan
Peace and Security
Wednesday, 03 June 2015
Last Updated on Saturday, 22 August 2015
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The U.S. Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction (SIGAR) in a recent report claimed that some 747,000 weapons provided by the U.S. to equip the Afghan security forces have been lost.

The weapons, which included mostly light and heavy firearms, according to the SIGAR report, were provided for the Afghan National Army (ANA) and the Afghan National Army (ANP).

However, U.S. defense officials have reportedly failed to effectively track the weapons, and experts suspect many of them may have fallen in the hands of criminals and militants.

The SIGAR report says handguns, automatics and some other types of weapons have been provided by the U.S. since 2004.

Some 626 million dollars worth of weapons are estimated to have been lost.

The Afghan Ministry of Interior (MoI) has said that the weapons that have been provided to the Afghan forces by the U.S. are all logged in a database at the Ministry, which could be the starting place for trying to trace their whereabouts.

In this episode of Farakhabar, host Yama Siawish discusses topic with the following guests:

Sayed Masoud, university lecturer

Nazari Paryani, Journalist