(WASHINGTON) -- The Pentagon is intent on removing most of its soldiers from Iraq in the coming months. But much of the equipment that has been sent there over the years is staying put.
Rather than box and ship everything back to the States, the military has decided instead to give much of its small and large weaponry to the Iraqi army and police.
During the past year alone, the Pentagon estimates it has allowed the Iraqi to keep in the neighborhood of 2.5 million pieces of equipment with a price tag of about $250 million.
Much of the stuff is office supplies from the bases set up in the country, including much-needed air conditioners.
However, the Iraqis are also getting Army tanks in the deal, which will come in handy in their battle with al Qaeda and various militia groups.
Describing the massive giveaway, retired Army Maj. Gen. Paul Eaton explains, "It's all sunk costs. It's money that we spent and we're not going to recoup."
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