Some US troops in Iraq are using captured AK-47s for patrol because we didn’t send enough guns for all of our soldiers to have their own.
"We just do not have enough rifles to equip all of our soldiers. So in certain circumstances we allow soldiers to have an AK-47. They have to demonstrate some proficiency with the weapon ... demonstrate an ability to use it," said Lt. Col. Mark Young, commander of the 3rd Battalion, 67th Armor Regiment, 4th Infantry Division.
Could this be more embarrassing for the Pentagon? Yes, some of them like the AKs better than their old M-16s.