Scratch that one off the list

Posted by lex, on June 14th, 2007

Back in February I posted on the UK Daily Mail article about those missing Austrian sniper rifles  – you know, the ones sold to Iran for “counter-drug ops” but numbers of which somehow got adrift and wound up in Iraq, used against coalition forces?

Maybe not so much:

U.S. Army Christopher C. Garver, Director of the Combined Press Information Center for Multinational Corps-Iraq, stated that no such rifles have ever been confirmed recovered by American military forces in Iraq.

“…[W]e have queried our units to see if anyone can find any evidence of those Steyr-Mannlicher sniper rifles,” said Garver.

“To date, we have not found one unit that has any knowledge of that find.

“I can’t tell you that this didn’t happen — the possibility that the cache of rifles was destroyed before being completely documented does exist, though the chance of that happening is small — but we have been able to find no evidence of it.”

Ah, well. We’ll always have Natanz.

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