US Military Stockpiling "Massive Amounts" Of Gear Near Iraq

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Since June, the U.S. military has been slowly stockpiling massive amounts of its gear coming out of Afghanistan at a depot in Kuwait adjacent to a bustling commercial port, in preparation for ultimately shipping it across the border into Iraq for an allied offensive against the Islamic State group, US News reports. Air Force Maj. Gen. Rowayne “Wayne” Schatz admitted, "from June to December, we’ve worked a lot on moving items into Kuwait," including 3,100 vehicles, most of them MRAPs. While the military stands by President Barack Obama’s repeated pledge that he will not put U.S. combat forces on the ground, an increasing number of U.S. troops has slowly trickled back into Iraq, as the US and its allies are reportedly planning for a massive spring offensive to retake territory from ISIS.

 

 

As US News reports,

Since June, the U.S. military has been slowly stockpiling massive amounts of its gear coming out of Afghanistan at a depot in Kuwait adjacent to a bustling commercial port, in preparation for ultimately shipping it across the border into Iraq for an allied offensive against the Islamic State group.

 

The facility's warehouses and large asphalt yards now are home to roughly 3,100 vehicles, most of them MRAPs – the mine-resistant, ambush-protected vehicles that have been ubiquitous in America’s prolonged wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. There is also some electronic equipment and other supplies at the depot, located at Kuwait's Shuaiba port, defense officials say.

 

The gear, primarily from the Army, will be fixed up and held as top U.S. planners in Iraq determine what they’ll need to defeat the Islamic State group in the coming months, says Air Force Maj. Gen. Rowayne “Wayne” Schatz, the director of operations and plans for U.S. Transportation Command.

 

“From June to December, we’ve worked a lot on moving items into Kuwait,” he says. “The Army is holding the gear there, and it has room to hold it, as the mission fleshes out.”

 

The U.S. military and its allies are reportedly planning for a massive spring offensive to help Iraqi and Kurdish peshmerga fighters retake territory from the Islamic State group, particularly traditional Sunni Muslim bastions such as Anbar province west of Baghdad and the key city of Mosul.

 

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It represents a full circle for the protracted Middle East wars the U.S. continues to be drawn into: Much of the equipment taken out of Iraq during America’s complete withdrawal in 2011 was sent to nearby Afghanistan, where it had to be retrofitted to be effective in the rural mountains of the Hindu Kush and deserts of Helmand and Kandahar provinces, as opposed to the urban environments of Baghdad and Mosul. Now, as the war winds down in Afghanistan, the Islamic State group's sweeping incursion toward Baghdad has forced the U.S. to again focus its attention there.

While the military stands by President Barack Obama’s repeated pledge that he will not put U.S. combat forces on the ground, an increasing number of U.S. troops has slowly trickled back into Iraq.

On Friday, the Pentagon announced Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel had ordered 1,000 paratroopers from the 82nd Airborne Division to join other advisers and trainers at headquarters in Baghdad and Irbil, as well as facilities elsewhere in the country. Roughly 1,700 troops are in Iraq already, with as many as 1,300 more to deploy.

But it's not all going to Iraq, much of it is coming home... as the militarization of 'Murica continues...

As of this summer, there was roughly $36 billion worth of equipment slated to return to the U.S. after being extricated from Afghanistan either by air and to nearby transfer facilities like the one in Kuwait, through a complicated land route north of Afghanistan, or through border crossings into Pakistan and on to one of that country's ports.

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hedgeless_horseman's picture

 

 

I move to award statehood to Iraq.

NotApplicable's picture

Well, it's not like ISIS is gonna arm itself!

McMolotov's picture

1) Re-invade
2) Re-withdraw
3) Re-fuck everyone in the ass
4) Repeat

CH1's picture

All those congress-critters are paid to get a war going, and, by god, we'll get one!

Arius's picture

Hunderds of millions of dollars ... sitting duck for ISIS ... the arrogance of these people, that none can steal from us or attack us... some people never learned

Manthong's picture

We crusaded some folks.

Headbanger's picture

WTF!!?

Just nuke the whole fucking thing this time and be done with it!

And North Korea too while we're at it.

And Ferguson.

kchrisc's picture

You can't nuke your boogeyman.

And besides, Greater Israel wants a radioactive free Lebensraum, pipeline route, and water rights.

The banksters need to repay us.

johngaltfla's picture

Why in the F would Obama station 3100 MRAPS in Kuwait?

The Tea Party is in America or is Kuwait just a stopping point before he doubles down on militarizing the police to beat the shit out of and shoot us horrible people who support Ron and Rand Paul and that damned piece of paper formerly known as the US Constitution.

COSMOS's picture

Stocking up on arms for a move against Iran or a move on Syria?

Headbanger's picture

Yeah OK..

But STILL nuke fucking Ferguson!

Just fucking nuke SOMEthing already!

SHHHHEEESH!

mkkby's picture

The point of having a nebulous enemy like "terrists" is so you can be at war FOREVER.  Therefore, you would never nuke them or do anything to win completely.  Remember, to the MIC and banksters war is a racket.

Try to find someone to help you understand sites like ZH.  It shouldn't be this hard.

kchrisc's picture

Government is a criminal syndicate, war is just one of their rackets.

The banksters need to repay us.

 

I explained that fact to the owner of the local gas station, and auto repair shop, in 2010. He was polite, but clearly did not understand or agree. Then he got involved with the local parks district thru some "friends of the parks" group. He says that he now understands and agrees. I guess that sometimes you have to dance with it to really come to know it.

Joe Trader's picture

where else do you nut cases think they can send those trucks to be ready for shipping to the U.S.?

It's better to ship it all to Poland.

thamnosma's picture

Good point.  It's really the only place to stage them for shipment to wherever...

weburke's picture

and how. I view it as prep for iran. since isis is an israeli martyr kill machine, the weapons are to support it in its fight against shiites. but what will trigger the men of ninevah to attack? oh, a vanishing.

BeansMcGreens's picture

... the arrogance of these people, that none can steal from us or attack us... some people never learned

Some might have forgotten this.

http://www.foxnews.com/world/2012/09/15/deadly-attack-on-base-in-afghanistan-destroys-five-aircraft-damages-3/

 

It was little reported because of Benghazi. It was the most aircraft desroyed by the "enemy" since those mean, selfish, Vietnamese.

lincolnsteffens's picture

Why would you think it is arrogance. Perhaps the plan is the same as last time.

Move in a lot of equipment for others. Then abandon it so ISIS can scarf it up.

Payne's picture

It will all be put up for Auction.  Must pay for transportation and must be either Police or Military references will not be required.

El Vaquero's picture

The dumbfucks decided to feed a rabid dog and were shocked when it tried to bite them, and of course, some financiers will profit from this.  Oh well, look at it on the bright side, that's 3,100 vehicles not being given to domestic law enforcement agencies.  Yet, anyway. 

ZerOhead's picture

If the Pentagon would just get Toyota to issue an airbag recall notice on those hundreds of new ISIS Toyota Tacomas made in Texas with the gun mount packages our troubles might soon be over...

http://www.truthseekersurvival.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/09/ISIS-toyot...

Unless those freshly fueled unguarded MRAPs on the border of Iraq still have the keys under the visors of course...

gatorengineer's picture

I kinda prefer we lied to some folks.......

Pool Shark's picture

 

 

The USA's foreign policy since 1950 described in one simple sentence:

"The enemy of my enemy; who used to be my friend; is now also my enemy."

 

Publicus's picture

You sir deserve a Nobel Peace Prize for this piece of work.

mkkby's picture

No.  The policy is find an enemy or create one.   Perpetual war and those juicy profits must never end.

Carpenter1's picture

The US isn't preparing to attack it's own puppet, ISIS, that much should be obvious to anyone who knows the score. This is about Syria/Iran.
"Soft power" has officially failed, hence Hagel is gone and all the MSM chatter about Assad being an evil dictator stopped long ago.

Now the real deal begins, we know because there's no big red letter CNN stories about it. It's happening quietly, as all legitimate moves do. Like oil, you didn't know it was going down until it was over.

This is the actual end game folks. It may take months still, but we've finally arrived.

JohninMK's picture

You mean the Syrian number plates on them are giving the game away?

Stumpy4516's picture

This is correct. If these forces roll expect them to "chase" ISIS into Syria.  And then just for the safety of the troops and to protect the Syrian people the Syrian army would be destroyed and the remaining people driven out or dish up to ISIS for butchering. 

But, even though the Putin crowd has once again said this is a red line Putin will not allow to be crossed (as have all past red lines), the Putin crowd will say this is part of Putin's master chess plan.  That by taking Syria the west has defeated itself and fallen into Putin's masterful trap. 

If Syria is taken using direct action you can count on Iran being destroyed.  Then Turkey will be slapped back into compliance with the Zionist.  This without doubt would be the destruction of Russia (without a direct hot war).

Russia should have drawn a line at Iraq2, Serbia, Libya, Syria (at the very beginning) and should have supported the shutting down of the Ukraine crisis at the very beginning when it was just some street thugs who needed to be jailed.

Putin sells/sold out Russia for profits for the elite in Russia and safe passage out of or a place in the dismantling of Russia.  A good number of these elites are jewish.

ISIS was given information and equipment to shoot down Jordanian jets.  You will not see Israel have it's jets shot down.  Israel flys to the outskirts of Syria/s capital and bombs without being fired upon as Putin orders Syria to stand down against Israel or US planes. (Take note that the Israel air raids aided the rebels/ISIS)  Putin fears if Syria does shoot one of these down It will prevent him from negotiating terms for the Russian elite should the likely collapse of Russia occur in just a few years.

mkkby's picture

Carpenter is right.  The end game HAS ALWAYS BEEN Iran.  But first we have to take out their allies, Syria and Lebanon.

The only way Putin can counter this is to secretly sell Iran/Syria a few nukes, just like China did with Nork and Pakistan.  Once they conduct an underground test, they will be left alone forever.

I'd love to see that happen, and it would really piss off Israel.

weburke's picture

the assad folks are not really, well, syrians are basically maronite christians, the assads, and the arab shiites. the shiites are the target. the goal was never to kill off maronite control of some areas. but syria had to be a mess to make isis possible. 

flapdoodle's picture

They should warn off the tanker traffic and test it in the Strait of Hormuz.

THAT would really make a statement...

Also sell a lot of adult diapers in Riyadh

LawsofPhysics's picture

So, we are re-stocking ISIS/ISIL again?  Boy, those taxpayers must be rich.

flapdoodle's picture

With bail-ins, taxpayers don't have to be rich anymore, just have something saved up for retirement...

daveO's picture

$200 oil and que up the 'Peak oil' stories behind the re-invasion. Viva la re-invasion!

Renewable Life's picture

Isn't American "exceptionalism"grand????

It's probably their answer to oil prices too!!!

God I hope no one looks for mercy from the world, when this shit show unravels on us!

indygo55's picture

Rebama!  Has a nice ring to it.

 

hedgeless_horseman's picture

 

 

If we make Iraq a state, we can onshore Iraq's significant GDP to our balance sheet and thus offset MOAR US debt.  It is the least we can do after invading, occupying, and destroying this once prosperous nation.

CH1's picture

Think of all the broken windows!

BULLISH!!

hedgeless_horseman's picture

 

 

Either there must have really been a lot of those crazy muslim suicide bombers to do so much damage, or they used all of their WMDs (weapons of mass destruction) on themselves. 

It is a good thing we saved those poor Iraqi people, and put a stop to terrorism.

Obviously, they should welcome back the US as protectors of peace, security, and freedom.

Headbanger's picture

Hey, great photos od Detroit in five years!

COSMOS's picture

Broken windows easily replaced by the glass made from sand and nuclear explosions lol

angel_of_joy's picture

Yeah, I guess those ISIS guys need some fresh hardware...

km4's picture

The Tragedy of the American Military

http://www.theatlantic.com/features/archive/2014/12/the-tragedy-of-the-a...

The American public and its political leadership will do anything for the military except take it seriously. The result is a chickenhawk nation in which careless spending and strategic folly combine to lure America into endless wars it can’t win.

km4's picture

The Pentagon's $1.5 Trillion Mistake

http://www.theatlantic.com/video/index/384088/the-pentagons-15-trillion-...

The F-35 fighter jet was supposed to do a bit of everything, as James Fallows explains in "The Tragedy of the American Military". Instead, the aircraft can barely do anything: it has trouble flying at night, its engines have exploded during takeoff, and early models suffered structural cracks. There's no end in sight, either. The all-in costs of this airplane are estimated to be as much as $1.5 trillion.

f16hoser's picture

Pentagon? Our unborn childrens mistake. Unfortunately, they'll have to pay for it....

COSMOS's picture

No problem we can to some quantitative easing to help save the F35

flapdoodle's picture

Not to worry. They can fix all those problems! It will only cost... ...another $1.5 trillion.