Report: Troops Left Vulnerable To IEDs

An internal Pentagon investigation finds that the Marine Corps left troops in Iraq vulnerable to deadly roadside bombs by failing to answer an urgent request for blast-resistant vehicles.

The Associated Press obtained portions of an inspector general's report expected to be released Tuesday.

It says Marine acquisition officials shelved a request from battlefield commanders for the MRAPS in February 2005 after deciding armored versions of the Humvee were the best answer. But, the beefier Humvees proved incapable of withstanding the increasingly powerful roadside bombs.

The report says the Marine Corps and the other military branches were aware of the threat from mines and roadside bombs well before U.S. troops invaded Iraq in 2003. It also says they were aware that MRAPs were commercially available, yet nothing was done to acquire them.

Still, the report finds no evidence of criminal negligence.

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  • by Cactus Location: Strabane on Dec 9, 2008 at 03:22 PM
    "no evidence of criminal negligence", so our Pentagon staff is just plain stupid. These men and womem put their lives on the line every day while the stupid yahoos set behind a safe desk sipping their coffee and making decisions for the people on the front. The least we owe the men and women is to provide as safe and enviornment as possible.
  • by ??? Location: NC on Dec 9, 2008 at 05:49 AM
    What is Iraq doing about this? They are so outraged about the Blackwater incident. If the Iraqis werent so dumb and such slow learners, they would already have learned by now to police THEIR OWN COUNTRY, and we wouldnt need to stay over there.But they are like a lot of dumb peole here, they are waitng for America to take care of them, while griping about every little thing America does while they are doing it.

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