Arms Trafficking

Tuesday, September 29, 2015 - 06:03
The demand for illicit weapons in El Salvador has surged to such an extent that it has impacted the black market in neighboring Guatemala. Raul Mijango, perhaps the last supporter of a dialogue between the government and gangs as a tool for stopping the rising violence in El Salvador, has stepped aside.
Friday, August 14, 2015 - 07:17
Kuwait authorities seized a huge arms cache smuggled from Iraq and hidden beneath houses near the border, arresting three suspected members of a militant cell that was plotting to destabilize the country, local media said.
Monday, August 3, 2015 - 06:05
Researchers say the non-U.S.-made weapons flowing across the border into Mexico may account for at least a quarter of the illegal guns in Mexico, and maybe more than half. They also see a way for President Obama to stop the gun-runners without having to deal with Congress.
Thursday, July 23, 2015 - 12:46

While guns trafficked into Mexico from U.S. stores and gun shows continue to be a blight on Mexico’s security landscape, the news about dozens of German assault rifles found near a major crime scene in Mexico last September highlight another way U.S. firearms could be fueling bloodshed in Mexico.

Monday, July 20, 2015 - 07:59
Critics of the nuclear deal with Iran have expanded their attacks to provisions they say could allow Tehran to vastly improve its abilities to provide conventional weapons to its allies.
Wednesday, July 15, 2015 - 07:14
An ammunition heist from an Air Force base in Uruguay points to corruption in the country’s security forces, and further indicates that the generally peaceful country serves as a prominent source of weapons for South America criminal groups.
Thursday, June 18, 2015 - 07:11
Reported seizures of firearms in Colombia and Mexico far outstrip those of war-torn Iraq, according to a new United Nations report, a reflection of the huge demand for illicit weapons among organized crime syndicates in Latin America.
Tuesday, June 16, 2015 - 06:32
Sudan has been supplying weapons to South Sudanese rebels, according to a report by Conflict Armament Research (CAR). Meanwhile, in northern Kenya, Sudanese guns have been found among pastoralists.
Tuesday, May 26, 2015 - 06:44
African countries along with China, Russia and Venezuela refused on Friday to back a UN resolution on curbing the spread of small arms, but it was still adopted after much wrangling.
Sunday, May 24, 2015 - 15:06
While the U.S. government has some of the most comprehensive laws and regulations controlling arms exports, this briefing paper shows that the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) is missing some key controls to prevent the use of intermediaries with problematic backgrounds, particularly when DoD employs one of its new congressionally approved authorities to train and equip foreign security forces.