updated 7/26/2007 9:37:46 PM ET 2007-07-27T01:37:46

The U.S. and its allies have delivered a little more than a third of the equipment in the pipeline for the Iraqi Army and less than half of what is destined for the Iraqi police, the Pentagon said Thursday, underscoring lags that Baghdad officials have complained about in recent days.

According to data provided by the Pentagon, more than $6.5 billion worth of vehicles, weapons, ammunition and other equipment has been given or promised to date to the Iraqi security forces by the U.S. and its coalition partners.

The Pentagon said that just 14.5 million of the nearly 40 million items ordered by the Ministry of Defense for the Iraqi Army have been delivered. And 22.7 million items have been delivered to the Ministry of Interior for the police, out of 48.1 million ordered.

Of those totals, the ammunition ordered but not delivered yet to the Iraqi Army is in Iraq at a depot and has not yet been issued to individual military units.

Iraq’s ambassador to Washington, Samir Sumaida’ie, complained this week that basic requests for armored personnel carriers and rifles have been unmet, either because the sales are blocked in Washington or mired in bureaucracy.

“There is general frustration in the Iraqi government at the rate in which Iraqi armed forces are being equipped and armed. This is a collaborative effort between the Iraqi government and the government of the United States, and the process is not moving quickly enough to improve the fighting capacity of Iraqi armed forces,” he said. “A way must be found to improve this process.”

Export licenses hold up gear
Pentagon officials said the U.S. government is moving as much as it can, as fast as it can to the Iraqis, and that the priority has been equipment that the Iraqi soldiers can use for counterinsurgency fighting.

According to the Pentagon data, some items have been held up awaiting export licenses, others are delayed because of changes in the orders, and others are simply winding their way through a complex delivery process.

Marine Gen. Peter Pace, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, said he has promised to work on getting the equipment delivered more quickly.

Last week in Iraq, Pace met with Army Lt. Gen. James M. Dubik, who is overseeing the training of Iraqi forces. He said Dubik asked for help in getting the equipment “through our system back in the states faster so we could get it over there more quickly.”

A range of items — from 81,042 pairs of digital blue police pants to more than 56,000 AK-47 rifles and about 3,300 pickup trucks — are either on order or in warehouses earmarked for Iraqi soldiers and police.

'A common goal'
The Pentagon also provided a six-page laundry list of items being provided to the Iraqis — from boots, helmets, tanks and ambulances to the number of bullets in six different categories.

Pentagon spokesman Bryan Whitman said that while there is still much to be done in equipping the Iraqis, “there is a program in place to do it in a very deliberate way, and do it in a way that ensures they have the type of equipment they need for the types of missions that they’re going to be conducting.”

Whitman said that for the first time this year, the Iraqis have set a budget that recognizes the defense needs and are prioritizing money to buy the equipment.

“We share a common goal with the Iraqis that their forces should be equipped with they type of things that they need to include force protection equipment, mobility equipment, communications equipment,” Whitman said. “But it’s a challenge. You can’t do it overnight.”

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