Recently, an article in Newsday reported that when Islamic State, or ISIS, forces overwhelmed the city of Ramadi, they also came across many abandoned U.S. tanks and armored personnel carriers ["Pentagon: Iraqis abandon U.S. military vehicles," News, May 20].

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Why didn't Iraqi forces use these vehicles in their retreat? They would contribute to a faster and safer withdrawal. Am I missing something?

Norman Shainmark, Wantagh