Arms Trafficking

Wednesday, July 27, 2016 - 06:39
Eastern European countries have approved the discreet sale of more than $1bn of weapons in the past four years to Middle Eastern countries that are known to ship arms to Syria, an investigation has found. Thousands of assault rifles such as AK-47s, mortar shells, rocket launchers, anti-tank weapons and heavy machine guns are being routed through a new arms pipeline from the Balkans to the Arabian peninsula and countries bordering Syria.
Monday, July 25, 2016 - 06:51
On Feb. 12 last year, the same day that a ceasefire ended the worst of the fighting in eastern Ukraine between rebels and government forces, a former rebel fighter seized a chance to turn his inside knowledge of the conflict into hard cash.
Monday, June 27, 2016 - 06:43
British defence officials are considering basing military trainers in Libya and sending another warship to the Mediterranean after the EU agreed to boost an anti-people smuggling operation and enforce a UN arms embargo.
Monday, June 27, 2016 - 06:22
Weapons shipped into Jordan by the Central Intelligence Agency and Saudi Arabia intended for Syrian rebels have been systematically stolen by Jordanian intelligence operatives and sold to arms merchants on the black market, according to American and Jordanian officials.
Wednesday, June 15, 2016 - 06:47
The U.N. Security Council moved Tuesday to make it harder for the Islamic State and Libya’s other armed groups to illegally obtain weapons, with the world body authorizing the interdiction of ships on international waters suspected of smuggling weapons into and out of the North African nation.
Thursday, June 9, 2016 - 07:06
Nearly 13,000 guns have been lost or stolen from Mexico’s public security agencies over the last ten years, according to a recent report, a telling reminder that the country's black market weapons don't just come from north of the border.
Wednesday, June 8, 2016 - 06:24
The Islamic State (IS) has released evidence that weapons bought from Bulgaria by the Saudi Ministry of Defence have been diverted to Syrian rebel groups. A video released on 4 June showed IS fighters in action against rebel groups in the Azaz area of Syria's Aleppo province and their seizure of a cache of weapons and ammunition.
Tuesday, June 7, 2016 - 06:37
The European Union on Monday proposed expanding a United Nations Security Council mandate for a European naval operation to allow it to crack down on arms smuggling in the high seas off war-torn Libya, though Russia voiced concerns about the idea.
Tuesday, June 7, 2016 - 06:28
The security situation continues to erode in Trinidad and Tobago as the island nation struggles to combat organized crime fueled by the drug trade and deterioration in nearby Venezuela is feeding fears of an influx of firearms.
Monday, June 6, 2016 - 06:47
El Salvador prosecutors on Thursday asked Congress to allow the government to investigate the country's ambassador to Germany for illegal arms sales during his time in the Defense Ministry. The government said Ambassador Jose Atilio Benitez, 57, a retired general, committed fraud with more than 30 weapons that belonged to the armed forces, selling everything from military rifles to handguns on the black market.

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