Something else, though, that the Marines had expected to see [besides the junk left behind by the insurgents, which does include large amounts of weaponry] was nowhere to be found: the remains of the insurgents that the tanks had been sent in to destroy. "I was hoping that as we searched these houses, we would find dead bodies,' Captain Omohundro said. Where the insurgents ended up is not known.
Under the circumstances, I rather doubt that they were killed and then their corpses were dragged away by their comrades while they left the weapons behind. Phil Carter provides more good reason to think that the estimates we're now seeing of "1000 to 1600 insurgents killed" in Fallujah are pure wishful fairy tales: Slate . And, as Carter and others have pointed out elsewhere, there's lots and lots and lots of replacement weapons for them left lying around Iraq and unguarded by us -- 400,000 tons, to quote the Pentagon itself.