Thursday, May 11, 2006

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Jeff Wells of Rigorous Intuition:
"Amnesty chief spokesman Mike Blakemore said: 'It's unbelievable that no one can account for 200,000 assault rifles. If these weapons have gone missing it's a terrifying prospect.' American defence chiefs hired a US firm to take the guns, from the 90s Bosnian war, to Iraq.

But air traffic controllers in Baghdad have no record of the flights, which supposedly took off between July 2004 and July 2005. A coalition forces spokesman confirmed they had not received 'any weapons from Bosnia' and added they were 'not aware of any purchases for Iraq from Bosnia'. Nato and US officials have already voiced fears that Bosnian arms - sold by US, British and Swiss firms - are being passed to insurgents. A NATO spokesman said: 'There's no tracking mechanism to ensure they don't fall into the wrong hands. There are concerns that some may have been siphoned off.' This year a newspaper claimed two UK firms were involved in a deal in which thousands of guns for Iraqi forces were re-routed to al-Qaeda.

The Moldovan airline is Aerocom, and yes, it's one of Victor Bout's."

Who is Victor Bout?

Here's a compilation of articles about him, up through June of 2005. Suffice it to say, if you're interested in smuggling dope or guns, he's your guy.


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