The Iraqi military abandoned more that 100 vehicles and weapons systems as it fled Ramadi, including several U.S.-origin platforms.
Keeping the military vehicles out of Islamic State of Iraq and Levant’s (ISIL’s) hands is vital, Pentagon spokesman Col. Steve Warren said.
Warren said it was “certainly preferable if [the abandoned tanks and vehicles] had been destroyed, in this case they were not. Warren added that if ISIL did obtain the equipment “we will destroy enemy vehicles as we see them,” according to a report by the Washington Examiner.
U.S. M-1 Abrams tanks cost over $4 million each while the 250 mine-resistant, ambush-protected vehicles the U.S. gifted Iraq this year run at least $600,000 apiece. Stryker vehicles can range from $1 million to about $3 million.
Full article: Iraq again abandons major U.S. weapons platforms fleeing Ramadi (World Tribune)