In this article, Type Media Center fellow Nick Turse discusses thefts of sensitive weaponry from U.S. military outposts in Iraq and Syria, emphasizing concerns about security and accountability.


  • Ongoing Theft: In this article, Turse covers the theft of U.S. military weapons and equipment in Iraq and Syria. Turse notes that this is an ongoing issue, with the recent incidents following thefts of “hundreds of thousands of dollars in military gear” between 2020 and 2022.
  • Questions of Safety: Turse references doubts that have been raised regarding the safety of U.S. troops, in response to the U.S. military’s inability to secure its weaponry and equipment.
  • Legacy of Losses: The article highlights a long-standing history of such vulnerabilities in the U.S. military, referencing several examples throughout the last decade, including $715.8 million of equipment that went unaccounted-for in 2020 by the main unit working with America’s Syrian allies.
  • Potential Consequences: Turse discusses the broader impact of the thefts, including the potential use of stolen U.S. weaponry in violent crimes outside conflict zones.

Type Media Center’s Note

This article by our fellow Nick Turse reflects Type Media Center’s dedication to nurturing independent journalism that not only informs but strives for societal change.