Wednesday, May 10, 2006

US gives early birthday present to Zarqawi

SOME 200,000 guns the US sent to Iraqi security forces may have been smuggled to terrorists, it was feared yesterday. The 99-tonne cache of AK47s was to have been secretly flown out from a US base in Bosnia. But the four planeloads of arms have vanished.

ÚOrders for the deal to go ahead were given by the US Department of Defense. But the work was contracted out via a complex web of private arms traders. And the Moldovan airline used to transport the shipment was blasted by the UN in 2003 for smuggling arms to Liberia, human rights group Amnesty has discovered.

It follows a separate probe claiming that thousands of guns meant for Iraq's police and army instead went to al-Qaeda

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.

One arms broker's lawyer is said to have admitted that nearly all of a shipment of 1,500 AK-47s went missing. And a US official said £270million of equipment could not be traced.

Meanwhile, Aerocom, the Moldovan air firm at the centre of the 200,000 missing AK47s, was stripped of its licence by its national authorities a day before the first shipment.

Two other companies in the complicated sale claim to have papers proving the guns were delivered in Iraq but refuse to show them.

Source : Here

Well what's this about, Zarqawi shows he can't shoot a gun so the US send him a few (thousand) to help him practice. Why are they using private contract firms to deliver weapons to a war zone in the first place ?


Blogger Hype said...

According to my government he can't use the weapons anyway. They tried to make him look like an idiot by showing the rest of one of the tapes he sent out.

So if this guy can't even shoot a gun properly, why hasn't he been caught or killed?

Propaganda aside, we all should know that the people representing the conflict are not always the ones fighting on the ground.

Bush doesn't get his hands dirty probably anymore than Zarqawi. And that is why it is hard to catch him.

Same goes for Bin Laden, if he is still alive.


May 10, 2006 8:17 pm  
Blogger _H_ said...

Of course . Zarqawi is merely a symbol , and I have my doubts as to whether that is really him anyway ..They will never catch bin laden and zarqawi , well not at least until they have another demon in his place to save us all from..I studied the Afghan tribal regions many years ago and nobody seems to remember the fact that Zarqawi hated Al-qaeda , he set up his own camps separate from bin laden and classified bin laden as a false prophet.

Now I wonder what changed that ....

May 10, 2006 9:15 pm  

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