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Letter: Abandoning tanks makes little sense

In this June 20, 2014 file photo, Kurdish

In this June 20, 2014 file photo, Kurdish peshmerga fighters takes their positions behind sand barriers at the village of Taza Khormato in the northern oil rich province of Kirkuk, Iraq to fight the Islamic State militant group. Credit: AP

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].

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