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US forced to import bullets from Israel as troops use 250,000 for every rebel killed

By Andrew Buncombe in Washington

Published: 25 September 2005

US forces have fired so many bullets in Iraq and Afghanistan – an estimated 250,000 for every insurgent killed – that American ammunition-makers cannot keep up with demand. As a result the US is having to import supplies from Israel.

A government report says that US forces are now using 1.8 billion rounds of small-arms ammunition a year. The total has more than doubled in five years, largely as a result of the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, as well as changes in military doctrine.</i>

Somebody can’t aim. 250,000 to kill one insurgent?


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