Michael Ware


NR: "It's rather common to find insurgents carrying American-issue weapons."

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DON LEMON: April may be the cruelest month, but this October is turning out to be one of the deadliest for U.S. troops since the war in Iraq began. One hundred killed so far this month. Now a new report invites a disturbing question: how many may have been killed by weapons the U.S. itself provided?

CNN's Michael Ware has the story from Baghdad. And, Michael, what's being done to track down weapons reported missing in Iraq?

MICHAEL WARE, CNN CORRESPONDENT: Well, that's very hard to answer. I mean, this report has only just been released. Yet, the fact that weapons go missing is no surprise and no great revelation and, to be honest, it's near impossible to find them once they disappear.

It's rather common these days, I'm afraid to say, to find insurgents carrying American issue weapons. M-16s, M-4s, grenades and even night scopes and infrared scopes.

So, some of that is the result of them reclaiming these things in the wake of attacks, but some of them are the result of them being leaked from within the American-supplied security forces -- Don.

LEMON: All right. Now, Michael, I've got to ask you something. U.S. national security adviser, Stephen Hadley, he's in Baghdad on an unannounced visit. What is he hoping to accomplish there?

WARE: Well, I think they're looking to-- National Security Advisor Hadley is looking to jump start what seems to be a stalled security process. We saw that the plan for the Battle of Baghdad -- Operation Together Forward, a massive offensive to reclaim the capital from insurgents, militias, and death squads -- really hasn't worked, by the military's own admission.

And that's just in the capital. There's still Anbar province to the west, which is largely dominated by al Qaeda, and the Shia militias backed by Iran still control the south.

So there's many, many issues to be addressed here, Don. And I'm sure that Mr. Hadley has come here to try and inject or infuse a sense of urgency within the Iraqi government.

The primary mission is to establish this commission that President Bush and Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki thrashed out in a 30-minute video conference on Saturday. This is a joint panel with U.S. officials and Iraqi officials to try, once and for all, despite all the failures to come up with some kind of effective strategy -- Don.

LEMON: All right. Michael Ware reporting from Baghdad. Thank you, sir, for that report.