That many magazines would require 17.8 million rounds just fill each magazine once. What nation or even what moderate Syrian rebel group needs that kind of firepower? That request is far beyond what is needed by any nation that issues AK's to its soldiers except Russia and China. Of course, the US armed forces do not use AK rifles as standard issue.
Read more: http://www.americanthinker.com/blog/2014/02/another_strange_obama_admininstration_arms_purchase.html#ixzz2t3WHDTs9 Follow us: @AmericanThinker on Twitter | AmericanThinker on FacebookSeriously: almost 600,000 magazines? A soldier typically goes into combat carrying perhaps 500 rounds, and not all of it is necessarily in magazines. Some is in stripper clips for rapid reloading, but the shear bulk of the magazines really discourages carrying more than about ten magazines of this size. Sure, you lose some in combat operations. But are we preparing to arm 50,000 soldiers in Syria who do not already have magazines? Really?
A cynic could wonder if the goal is to make AK-47 magazines so scarce and expensive that civilians here could not buy them.
UPDATE: Some of my readers believe that this is providing magazines to not only Syrian resistance, but a number of other Central Asian allies that still have lots of AK-47s in use.