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kpete Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jul-16-07 06:02 PM
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250,000 Bullets For Every Rebel Killed

US forced to import bullets from Israel as troops use 250,000 for every rebel killed
By Andrew Buncombe in Washington
Published: 25 September 2005

US forces have fired so many bullets in Iraq and Afghanistan - an estimated 250,000 for every insurgent killed - that American ammunition-makers cannot keep up with demand. As a result the US is having to import supplies from Israel.

A government report says that US forces are now using 1.8 billion rounds of small-arms ammunition a year. The total has more than doubled in five years, largely as a result of the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, as well as changes in military doctrine.

"The Department of Defense's increased requirements for small- and medium-calibre ammunitions have largely been driven by increased weapons training requirements, dictated by the army's transformation to a more self-sustaining and lethal force - which was accelerated after the attacks of 11 September, 2001 - and by the deployment of forces to conduct recent US military actions in Afghanistan and Iraq," said the report by the General Accounting Office (GAO).

Estimating how many bullets US forces have expended for every insurgent killed is not a simple or precisely scientific matter. The former head of US forces in Iraq, General Tommy Franks, famously claimed that his forces "don't do body counts".

http://news.independent.co.uk/world/americas/article314...
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RC Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jul-16-07 07:12 PM
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1. Correction: The people we are fighting in Iraq & Afghanistan
are neither insurgents nor rebels.

Most are private citizens defending their country from invaders from the only remaining super power.
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