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A complex web of private firms, arms brokers and freight firms, was behind the transfer of the guns, as well as millions of rounds of ammunition, to Iraq at "bargain basement prices", according to Hugh Griffiths, Amnesty's investigator.
The Moldovan air firm which flew the cargo out of a US air base at Tuzla, north-east Bosnia, was flying without a licence. The firm, Aerocom, named in a 2003 UN investigation of the diamonds-for-guns trade in Liberia and Sierra Leone, is now defunct, but its assets and aircraft are registered with another Moldovan firm, Jet Line International.
Some of the firms used in the Pentagon sponsored deals were also engaged in illegal arms shipments from Serbia and Bosnia to Liberia and to Saddam Hussein four years ago.
"The sale, purchase, transportation and storage of the [Bosnian] weapons has been handled entirely by a complex network of private arms brokers, freight forwarders and air cargo companies operating at times illegally and subject to little or no governmental regulation," says the report.
TYR: 99 Tonnes of Guns
May 12, 2006
it's not impossible that someone just turned up with lorries, men in uniforms and vaguely official documents and drove off with a load of guns
Originally posted by xpert11
The only logical answer is that members of the current admin and the Pentagon have some kind of connection with the private firms and the arms dealers.
Wikipedia: Viktor Bout
Some of Bout's customers include:
* Northern Alliance (Afghanistan)
* Taliban (Afghanistan)
* Abu Sayyaf (Philippines)
* UNITA (Angola)
* US Military (United States)
* RUF (Sierra Leone)
* Charles Taylor (Liberia)
Originally posted by xpert11
Hellmutt if the arms are being shipped to Somalia why is the US government using Bout as there means of delivery ?
Douglas Farah: What is Russia's Real Game?
Aug 28 2006
Bout’s recent exploits in Somalia-flying in at last two IL-76 loads of weapons for the most radical, Taliban-like regime in the world-could not take place without the explicit blessing of senior Russian military intelligence officials, using allies to do the actual deals.
Russian (and Chinese) weapons sales to Iran do not happen by accident. They occur with the full knowledge that these weapons would end up with either a rogue Islamist regime or a proxy army of that regime.
The same can be said for the weapons deliveries to Somalia. Aircraft filled with tens of tons of weapons do not miraculously fall from the sky to Islamist militants bent on expanding and consolidating their regime. More such weapons are on their way, intelligence sources say. It might be time to ask who is supplying the weapons and why.
Originally posted by twitchy
There was a thread I just read that got me to wondering if perhaps the Taliban ended up with these, or if they went to Georgia. Hellmutt has dug further into this than I have, but it does make one wonder with the all the US and Israeli weapons caches they found in Georgia, and the Taliban suddenly having the umph to launch offensive strikes.