ISIS releases images of captured US equipment, including soldier’s ID


The Islamic State terrorist group in Afghanistan has released images of weapons and equipment that was allegedly captured from US soldiers.

The equipment was apparently captured during fighting in Afghanistan’s Nangarhar province, which borders Pakistan, according to BBC.

Among the items collected were weapons, body armor, magazines, ammunition, grenades, medical equipment and even a soldier’s CAC (common access card) identification card.

ISIS captured equipment

The CAC card belonged to a US Army specialist named Ryan Larson. The card’s integrated circuit chip (IRCC) is not in the card in the photos released, but the card does list the soldier’s date of birth, rank, blood type, and social security number/DoD identification number.

The Army stated that no U.S. service members were captured during the loss of equipment.

“We are still working to determine if all of the equipment in the pictures was lost during recent operations or at some other time in the past,” said Brig Gen Charles Cleveland, who was assigned as the senior military assistant to the under secretary of defense for intelligence in February.

“SPC Larson was attached to a unit conducting a partnered (operation) with Afghan Forces,” U.S. military spokesman Commander Ron Flesvig said in an emailed statement on Sunday. “The soldier’s I.D. and some of the equipment were left behind after the (operation). The loss of personal identification is unfortunate.”

The punishment for losing a CAC card, which can be used to access Department of Defense (DoD) databases, varies depending on the circumstances.  Larson could receive corrective training, such as a counseling statement and assigned 250 word essay about maintaining sensitive items, from a Non-commissioned officer.  He could also receive more severe punishment from his company commander, such as an Article 15 non-judical punishment -which could result in loss of rank, deductions from pay, restriction, and/or extra duty.

All DoD personnel who lose a CAC card are required to present documentation from the local security office or CAC sponsor confirming that the CAC has been reported lost or stolen.

U.S. officials are still trying to determine when and how the weapons and equipment were lost and captured, according to Flesvig.

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