Iraq lost 2,300 Humvee armoured vehicles in Mosul: PM

Militant Islamist fighters take part in a military parade along the streets of Syria’s northern Raqqa province, June 30, 2014. (Reuters)

Iraqi security forces lost 2,300 Humvee armoured vehicles when the Islamic State jihadist group overran the northern city of Mosul, Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi said on Sunday.

“In the collapse of Mosul, we lost a lot of weapons,” Abadi said in an interview with Iraqiya state TV. “We lost 2,300 Humvees in Mosul alone.”

While the exact price of the vehicles varies depending on how they are armoured and equipped, it is clearly a hugely expensive loss that has boosted IS’ capabilities.

Last year, the State Department approved a possible sale to Iraq of 1,000 Humvees with increased armour, machineguns, grenade launchers, other gear and support that was estimated to cost $579 million…

  • That’s a hell of a lot of equipment and that’s just Humvees.

  • Drunk_by_Noon

    The Iraqis don’t care, it’s not their money.

    • Frau Katze

      They’ll be asking for new goodies.

      • Drunk_by_Noon

        They are already asking for, and getting, MRAPS.
        They wont be able to maintain those either.
        Humvees are essentially obsolete (for the US military at least) in the sense that we haven’t taken them “outside the wire” in years.
        The ones we have left in our inventory are strictly for on-base or National Guard use only.

        • mauser 98

          MRAPS overweight , top heavy , tipsy. overpriced Ford F450’s

          • Drunk_by_Noon

            Not really.
            They cut deaths by IEDs tremendously and like any new vehicle you have to drive them differently.

    • mauser 98

      ‘read they are very trouble prone, electrical stuff .. too big to fit down narrow streets

  • Bill

    Sounds like those warehouse fires that, à la Harry Potter, contained more goods than would have physically fit into ten warehouses of same size – at least according to the insurance claim. So, thousands of Humvees were lined up ready to be stolen, and yet were not or could not be driven away during the retreat?

    How much of this was really sold to the enrichment of corrupt Iraqi military individuals, to be sold to their enemy?

    How much was just abandoned, since the Iraqi Military owners believe that, as Drunk_by_Noon says, they were ‘free’ from the beginning, and probably expect the USA to ship them replacements posthaste?

    • dance…dancetotheradio

      Bill, I’d like to know how much of this gun running is going on.
      Oh, you’re the ex-president of the United States then.
      Well, we have these guns you see and I think you could get them through using dimple-matic channels.

  • DMB

    The Humvee was a bad design to begin with.

    • Drunk_by_Noon

      Not really a bad design but they were pressed into service in ways that they were never designed, and they were designed in the mid-1970’s.
      They should have been out of our inventory by the early to mid 1990’s.

    • pike bishop

      I drove one (full size) thru the drive thru at Burger King. I loved it but it was not really practical. Damn practical anyway.

  • Ron MacDonald

    They didn’t lose them, it was a conscious effort on the part of Sunnis in the Iraqi Army to help ISIS.

  • Gary

    Obama will still blame Bush while he keeps telling us that the islamic State is neither islamic , nor a State.
    So remember , muslims have NOTHING to do with islam. It’s a religion of Peace even if the 1.2 billion I followers on Earth don’t follow it correctly and focus on Jew-hatred and corrupted the quranic verses of Peace .

    • tom_billesley

      If islam were a religion of peace, it would have nothing to do with muslims.

  • pike bishop

    Don’t worry. It has been my experience that the Arab does not know the difference between a 7/8′ & a 9/16″ wrench. Probably wreck them all just in time for the POTUS
    to say “nothing to do ” ah hell you know the rest.

    • tom_billesley

      They’ll look to get some slaves to maintain them.

  • tom_billesley

    To paraphrase Oscar Wilde: “To lose one humvee may be regarded as a misfortune; to lose 2,300 looks like carelessness.”