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WAR: Global Arms - Trafficking Network Designated by US (Update: Viktor Bout Extradited)

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posted on Jul, 28 2007 @ 07:10 AM
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excessive qouting much?you should edit and send urself a u2u haah.

On a serious note you provide a lot of information i had never known.thank you.

[edit on 28-7-2007 by Project_Silo]




posted on Aug, 11 2007 @ 08:56 AM
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UN "Peacekeepers" Supplied Weapons In Return For Gold

This is probably not related to Charles Taylor or Viktor Bout, but still releated to weapons trafficking in Africa. It has been revealed that UN soldiers from Pakistan supplied weapons in return for gold in the Democratic Republic of Congo.


BBC: UN troops 'helped smuggle gold'

11 August 2007


The BBC has obtained an internal UN report examining allegations of gold smuggling by Pakistani peacekeepers in the Democratic Republic of Congo.

It concluded that Pakistani officers provided armed escorts, hospitality and food to gold smugglers in east Congo.

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They helped bring peace to an area that had previously seen bitter fighting between the Lendu and Hema ethnic groups.

But witnesses claimed Pakistani officers also supplied weapons to notorious FNI militia commanders in return for gold.

Please visit the link provided for the complete story.



posted on Aug, 11 2007 @ 11:44 AM
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Operation Firedump

A Viktor Bout plane to look out for.


TYR: On the road again


August 01, 2007


Antonov An-12BK serial 9346904, now with something called "Meridian" in the Ukraine as UR-CAG...formerly ER-AXY with the following roll-call of Viktor Bout operations.

Aerocom, Asterias Commercial, Astral Aviation, ATI, ACS, Jet Line International...



posted on Aug, 13 2007 @ 01:41 AM
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Viktor Bout - Missing Weapons

Viktor Bout transported at least 200,000 AK-47 assault rifles from Bosnia to Iraq. These weapons are missing and have likely been used against U.S. forces.


Douglas Farah: Some of the Missing Weapons to Iraq Transported by Viktor Bout's Network


Aug 6 2007


Today’s Washington Post brings the disturbing news of tens of thousands of weapons that were supposed to be delivered to Iraq from Bosnia that are now unaccounted for.

In fact, the number is likely far larger than the 190,000 mentioned in the story. And as the story notes, many of those missing weapons have likely been used against U.S. forces in Iraq, having been acquired by the insurgents.

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While the GAO report on which the Post based its story is useful, in fact the problem is far larger, as we show. Viktor Bout’s aircraft, we found, transported at least 200,000 AK-47 assault rifles from Bosnia arsenals, supposedly to Iraq in 2004, although there was no record of the weapons ever having arrived in Iraq.



posted on Aug, 17 2007 @ 02:49 AM
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Regarding the missing Iraqi guns story...


TYR: 99 Tonnes of Guns, Redux


August 12, 2007


It's quite surprising literally no-one during the recent reopening of the missing Iraqi guns story has thought fit to mention the delicious kicker that the shipment travelled in an aircraft chartered by a company that had just been shut down for coc aine-smuggling.



posted on Aug, 19 2007 @ 08:44 PM
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An interesting theory regarding the missing guns. The Kurds might have them.


Missing Weapons in Iraq - Have They Turned Up?



posted on Sep, 10 2007 @ 06:10 PM
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More on Viktor Bout and Somalia


Here's an interesting article. I recommend reading the full version.


American Chronicle: Somalia: Monitoring Group's Credibility and Integrity Questioned


“…Twice in one week the airport at Mogadishu, Somalia, was the scene of something almost unseen in the past decade-the landing of two large Soviet-era IL-76 cargo planes… On the first flight, the plane was painted with the “UN” markings denoting Kazakstan registration, with no other identifiers. The second flight may have been the same aircraft, and if not, was a similar Il-76… Hmm, so an unmarked Soviet-built aircraft probably carrying large amounts of weapons, flying to remote airstrips …Kazakstan registration… Fits a certain M.O. There are not many people in the weapons world who can provide the weapons and the transportation, who know the terrain and the militia leaders…Bout has registered his Reem Air in Kazakstan, including an IL-76, and has flown regularly smaller planes to Somalia in recent times, from Sharjah, UAE…No one else has that kind of track record. Intelligence officials are desperately trying to find any further markers on the aircraft. But if it flies like a duck and quacks like a duck, it just might be a duck…”

Please visit the link provided for the complete story.



posted on Sep, 14 2007 @ 06:53 PM
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Viktor Bout, US Government and US Contractors


From a recent interview with Farah. Apparently, Paul Wolfowitz didn't respond to queries for nine months. Branches of the military continued to use Viktor Bout for many months, after it was publicly known that they were using him, after a congressional inquiry, executive order and the freezing of assets by the Treasury Department (which started this thread). Hundreds, and perhaps a thousand flights to Iraq for the US...


Meet Viktor Bout, the Real-Life 'Lord of War'


September 13, 2007


DF: The U.S. government response to revelations of the use of Viktor Bout to fly for government contractors in Iraq (not just a few flights, but hundreds, and perhaps a thousand) has been mixed. Bear in mind most of these flights occurred after President Bush had signed an executive order making it illegal to do business with Bout, because he represented a security threat to the United States. The State Department, under a congressional inquiry initiated by Senator Russell Feingold, found it had used Bout companies, acknowledged it, and stopped. Paul Wolfowitz, while at DOD, did not respond to queries for nine months, then acknowledged that DOD contractors had subcontracted to Bout companies. Despite the public revelation, the congressional inquiry, the executive order, and a subsequent Treasury Department order freezing the assets of Bout and his closest associates, the flights continued for many months, at least until the end of 2005. The Air Force cut him off immediately, but other branches of the military continued to use him.



posted on Oct, 26 2007 @ 03:07 AM
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More Viktor Bout + Tomislav Damjanovic

Remember the 99-tons of weapons that went missing, when it was supposed to be transported from the Balkans to Iraq? Remember the mysterious plane that was landing in Mogadishu? Here's an interesting report.


TYR: Fascinating Report out on Viktor Bout & Co


October 23, 2007


The International Herald-Tribune has an interesting article about a Serbian gun-runner and colleague of Viktor Bout's, one Tomislav Damjanovic.

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the report is based on one prepared by the Belgrade-based South-Eastern European Small Arms Centre, which according to the IHT has been distributed among customs, law enforcement, and intelligence agencies. You'll be pleased to know someone left a link to it in the comments; you can read it here (pdf).

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it was Damjanovic who took on US military contracts to acquire arms in the Balkans and send them to Iraq, and some other places too. The now-infamous 99 tonnes of weapons that went missing between Tuzla and Baghdad? One of his jobs.

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an aircraft he chartered from GST Aero (them!) travelled from Baghdad via Sharjah to Oman, where it ostensibly "refuelled", and then proceeded to be the famous first plane into Mogadishu.

There's more. Visit the link to read more.


The "mysterious jet" landing in Mogadishu


Related Thread:
Somalia: Mogadishu Is Burning, page 4



posted on Oct, 26 2007 @ 04:44 AM
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Thought I'd throw this into the mix here Hellmutt...

Originally posted by twitchy
Federal prosecutors are investigating whether employees of the private security firm Blackwater USA illegally smuggled into Iraq weapons that may have been sold on the black market and ended up in the hands of a U.S.-designated terrorist organization, officials said Friday.

I think the total of missing AK47's I linked to earlier is now up to a half a million. how somebody looses half a million machine guns is beyond my reasoning, but then so is people selling arms to the insurgency they are being hired to secure against.
Crazy stuff man, scary thread.

[edit on 26-10-2007 by twitchy]



posted on Oct, 28 2007 @ 06:42 AM
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Originally posted by twitchy

Thought I'd throw this into the mix here Hellmutt...

Exellent


I wonder if any weapons were stolen. And where they all ended up, stolen or not.



posted on Nov, 14 2007 @ 01:56 AM
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Diamonds are "no longer the militants' best friend"...


RIA Novosti: Diamonds no longer militants' best friend





The Kimberley Process, an international initiative opposed to the trade in "blood diamonds" - uncut diamonds used to fund conflicts in Africa - met November 5-9 in Brussels for its 5th annual plenary meeting.

The delegates may well be proud: blood diamond sales have dropped sharply in recent years.

And while illicit stones have been squeezed out of the market, the supply of legally sourced diamonds has been unable to keep pace with demand. So the future looks bright (or at least profitable) for legitimate traders in the "girls' best friend".

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Most of these conflicts are now over. The only country on the KP black list today is Cote d'Ivoire, which could also be struck off following the signing of an armistice between the government and rebels in March.

Please visit the link provided for the complete story.

So... the future apparently looks profitable for legitimate diamond traders. And Cote d'Ivoire is the only country still on the black list, since "most of these conflicts are now over". Hmmm...



posted on Jan, 5 2008 @ 11:23 PM
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Taylor On Trial In The Hague

Charles "The Butcher of Monrovia" Taylor goes on trial in The Hague next week.


Der Spiegel: Liberian Dictator Taylor Faces Justice for Sierra Leone War


Former Liberian dictator Charles Taylor goes on trial in The Hague next week, charged with war crimes and crimes against humanity during the decade-long civil war in neighboring Sierra Leone.

Please visit the link provided for the complete story.



posted on Jan, 7 2008 @ 10:50 PM
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They are looking at shocking footages at the Taylor trial.


BBC: Shocking footage at Taylor trial


Video footage of mutilated victims of Sierra Leone rebels has been shown at the war crimes trial of Liberia's former President Charles Taylor.

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Video of a Sierra Leonean diamond miner was shown to the court, in which he described how his hands were hacked off by laughing Revolutionary United Front (RUF) rebels who later burned down torched his house, killing his wife and children.

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The trial is expected to last about 18 months.

Please visit the link provided for the complete story.

18 months...



posted on Jan, 21 2008 @ 10:10 AM
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General Butt Naked

General Butt Naked confesses to killing 20,000 people. He says he should be forgiven. He has now turned away from Satan and become a born-again Christian.


Gen. Butt Naked, Liberian ex-rebel leader, confesses to killing thousands


by The Associated Press
published January 21, 2008



One of Liberia's most notorious rebel commanders, known as Gen. Butt Naked, has returned to confess his role in terrorizing the nation, saying he is responsible for 20,000 deaths.

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Other warlords, though, have refused to ask forgiveness, dismissing a commission many in Liberia see as toothless. Blahyi is urging other former killers to come forward as the country founded by freed American slaves in 1847 struggles to recover from past horrors.

"I could be electrocuted. I could be hanged. I could be given any other punishment," the 37-year-old Blahyi said in a weekend interview following his truth commission appearance last week. "But I think forgiveness and reconciliation is the right way to go.

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In 1996, while charging naked into a battle, Blahyi said God appeared and told him he was a slave to Satan, not the hero he considered himself to be, according to an earlier interview with The Associated Press.

He became a born-again Christian and for a while, traversed the war-wracked streets of Monrovia selling cassettes of his sermons.

Please visit the link provided for the complete story.

I don't think I would want to celebrate Christmas with this guy!



posted on Jan, 21 2008 @ 01:18 PM
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Butt Naked? LOL
Quite a nutjob...




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when he was just 11 years old when he performed a satanic ritual that demanded that he had to perform human sacrifices. This was the beginning of a macabre episode in the brutal Liberian civil war. He has admitted to killing several children just for the fun of it. His rise to fame came when he as a warlord commanded an brigade that called itself the Buttnaked brigade/battalion (it differs somewhat depending on the source), a group of ragtag drugged and drunken teenage soldiers. They did all dress upp in the most absurd style they could find, some had wedding gowns, dresses, purses and wigs, others where completely naked. General Butt naked himself drove a motorcycle completely naked, except for his sneakers and a blasting rifle. The nudity that became his trademark was said to protect him from bullets and therefore he and the Butt naked brigade was completely fearless, he says it was given to him by Satan. As an independent warlord he and his buttnaked brigade fought for the highest bidder. In the last years of the civil war it was Roosevelt Johnson that was his source of funds. In this war of brutality that shocked Liberia the Butt naked-brigade where the most gruesome, famous for using decapitated heads as soccer balls and sacrificed children before every battle for receiving their magical protection.


Buttnaked got his guns from a fellow named Roosevelt Johnson who was fighting ECOMOG control of the diamond mines near Tubmanburg, interestingly in 1998 after a firefight with Charles Taylor's troops, he made it to the US Embassy and was transported out of the country.



posted on Jan, 23 2008 @ 02:51 AM
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There is now a "Butt Naked" thread in Breaking News here:

Butt Naked Returns to Liberia to Confess (by Icarus Rising)



posted on Jan, 23 2008 @ 03:49 AM
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Butt Naked, that cracks me up everytime I read... and then it scares the crap out of me at the same time. Great Thread Helmutt, as always!



posted on Jan, 26 2008 @ 12:57 AM
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Thought you'd get a kick out of this one helmutt...




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Wolfowitz appointed chairman of arms-control advisory panel

WASHINGTON - Paul Wolfowitz, the former World Bank president and former deputy secretary of defense who was instrumental in the US decision to invade Iraq in 2003, has been named chairman of a panel that advises the State Department on arms-control issues.
Wolfowitz, now a visiting scholar at the American Enterprise Institute in Washington, will head Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice's International Security Advisory Board, the State Department said yesterday in a statement.

"The ISAB provides the Department of State with a source of independent insight, advice, and innovation on all aspects of arms control, disarmament, nonproliferation, political-military issues, and international security and related aspects of public diplomacy," the State Department said.

Wolfowitz was among the senior US officials who warned of Iraq's alleged weapons of mass destruction capabilities, a key justification for invading Iraq and toppling the late dictator Saddam Hussein.

"Disarming Iraq of its chemical and biological weapons and dismantling its nuclear weapons program is a crucial part of winning the war on terror," Wolfowitz told the Council on Foreign Relations in New York in January 2003, two months before the US-led invasion of Iraq.



What a guy Wolfowitz, Zionist Extraordinaire and former head of the World Bank, he's sure to be an asset to the Global Arms Networks in his new position as chair of an arms control advisory panel. I guess his resignation from the World Bank amid scandals somehow qualifies him for such a position. World Bank...
I find it quite intriguing that the Axis of Evil we keep hearing about just happen to be some of the few countries remaining that aren't signatories of the IMF or the World Bank.



posted on Mar, 6 2008 @ 05:11 PM
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Viktor Bout has been arrested!



www.abovetopsecret.com...





I wonder if they'll put him out of business...



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