PACKING UP

The Logistics of Withdrawal

With the war in Iraq winding down, military planners are facing a question: What to do with all this equipment? The US is resolving the logistical nightmare of removing its gears of war by leaving much of it in "huge U.S. run warehouses across the Middle East," reports the Los Angeles Times. The assortment of vehicles and other equipment, such as tanks and armored vehicles, will be kept in storage "just in case" trouble starts brewing in the Middle East again. However, one of the countries expected to hang onto much of the equipment, Kuwait, isn't too keen on possibly serving as a staging ground for another conflict. Also, many of the armored Humvees and generators used by the US will be turned over to Iraqi security forces.