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Croatia,Serbia,Afghanistan,North Africa,Iraq,Bosnia & Herzegovina,Macedonia,Albania,European Union,Europe

24 February 2014

Southeast European Times

Balkan countries are taking measures to support domestic military firms in an effort to improve their economies and develop closer relations with NATO, experts said. Governments pay more attention to the military industry's economic potential, said Blagoja Markovski, president of the Balkan Security Forum in Skopje. "It offers extraordinary opportunities to create jobs and help the development of the economy. Individual countries' earnings range from tens of millions... (GunPolicy.org)

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Iraq,Russia,Lebanon,Syria,Iran

5 February 2014

Christian Science Monitor / Alaska Dispatch

A glut of small arms in Syria and high weapons prices in neighboring Lebanon, where growing instability supports a thriving black market, have encouraged both Syrian soldiers and rebels to sell their surplus stock, sometimes to their battlefield enemies. The trade in illegal weaponry in Lebanon has all the characteristics of a stock market, with prices increasing and decreasing according to the security climate and the mood on the Lebanese street. The savvy dealers buy... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Christian Science Monitor / Alaska Dispatch

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Netherlands,Spain,United Kingdom,Italy,United States,Belgium,Iraq,Algeria,Bahrain,Egypt,Mexico,Pakistan,Canada

8 December 2013

Toronto Star (Ontario) / Canadian Press

OTTAWA — Bahrain, Algeria and Iraq, countries with dubious human rights records or a history of violent internal conflict, have recently become new buyers of Canadian-made guns and ammunition, an analysis of federal data shows. The analysis by The Canadian Press found that Canadian exports to those countries swelled by 100 per cent from 2011 to 2012, the most recent figures publicly available. During the same time period, exports of Canadian weapons also increased... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Toronto Star (Ontario) / Canadian Press

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Russia,Germany,Sri Lanka,Iran,Côte d'Ivoire,Afghanistan,United States,Canada,Togo,Ireland,India,Israel,Syria,Iraq

30 November 2013

Economist

To help push Soviet forces out of Afghanistan in the 1980s, America's Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) gave Afghan fighters shoulder-launched Stinger anti-aircraft missiles (pictured). Accurate and easy-to-use, the Stingers caused grievous losses. But after the Soviet withdrawal in 1989, the CIA wanted to discourage the use of the leftover missiles. It got hold of some of those circulating on the black market and booby-trapped them, so that anyone who tried to fire one... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Economist

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Iraq,Egypt,Czech Republic

23 May 2013

Xinhua

PRAGUE - Czech arms firm Ceska zbrojovka won an international tender to supply 50,000 pistols to the Egyptian interior ministry, company CEO Lubomir Kovarik said on Thursday. Speaking at a defence industry trade fair in Brno, Kovarik said some of the firearms were sent to Egypt last week. The CZ P-07 Duty pistols are smaller than those supplied by Ceska zbrojovka to the Czech military and security forces. The one-year contract will be followed by the supply of several... (GunPolicy.org)

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Sweden,Uruguay,Finland,Iraq,Saudi Arabia,Cyprus,Switzerland,Yemen,Serbia,United States

12 March 2013

SiliconIndia

Bangalore: "Force and mind are opposites; morality ends where a gun begins," said novelist Ayn Rand. In an era where the misuse of guns and ammunitions are leading to massacres, it is no more a place of nonviolence. Arms and ammunitions leave bitter memories and scar the human race for ages to come. Here are the 10 countries with highest gun ownership, as listed by yahoo.com. USA: USA tops the list of countries with highest gun ownership and this no surprise! The... (GunPolicy.org)

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Iraq

17 January 2013

Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty (Prague), Blog

Iraq's soccer team sparked widespread jubilation across the country on January 15 when Ahmad Khalil's last-gasp goal gave them victory over Bahrain in the semifinals of the Gulf Cup. Now only the United Arab Emirates (U.A.E.) stands between "The Lions of Mesopotamia" and their first major international trophy since they surprised the world by winning the Asian Cup in 2007. In a proud soccer country that has long been starved of success, it's no surprise that many... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty (Prague)

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Czech Republic,Hungary,Côte d'Ivoire,Iran,Guinea,Niger,Russia,South Sudan,China,Uganda,Afghanistan,Nigeria,Kenya,Iraq,Congo (DRC)

11 January 2013

New York Times

The first clues appeared in Kenya, Uganda and what is now South Sudan. A British arms researcher surveying ammunition used by government forces and civilian militias in 2006 found Kalashnikov rifle cartridges he had not seen before. The ammunition bore no factory code, suggesting that its manufacturer hoped to avoid detection. Within two years other researchers were finding identical cartridges circulating through the ethnic violence in Darfur. Similar ammunition then... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: New York Times

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Tunisia,Egypt,Qatar,United Arab Emirates,Kuwait,Bahrain,Oman,Iraq,Saudi Arabia,Yemen,Iran,United States

19 December 2012

Al Arabiya (Dubai)

The fatal Dec. 14 shooting at the Sandy Hook Elementary School in Connecticut which claimed the lives of 28 people, including 20 innocent children under 10 once again brought to light the dilemma of gun ownership in the United States and despite the fact that it received no response from the gun rights advocates but a deafening silence, laid emphasis on the necessity for the United States to revise its gun policies. The shooting rampage, in which a mentally... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Al Arabiya (Dubai)

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Russia,Iraq

9 October 2012

BBC News

Iraq has signed contracts to buy Russian arms worth $4.2bn (£2.6bn; 3.2bn euros) this year, Russian news agencies report. Moscow, the main supplier of arms to Iraq under Saddam Hussein, thus becomes the country's second-biggest arms supplier after the US. The new contracts were announced after talks between the two countries' prime ministers near Moscow on Tuesday. Reports suggest attack helicopters and missiles are included in them. Iraq has been rebuilding its... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: BBC News

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United Kingdom,Iraq

20 August 2012

Daily Mail (UK)

A former soldier has been jailed for 10 years after smuggling a cache of guns and ammunition from Iraq into the UK in a tank. Ricardo McKenzie joined the Army in April 2001 as a private in the Princess of Wales's Royal Regiment, 1st Battalion, but sneaked the weapons into the UK in 2006. The 35-year-old served in Iraq before being discharged from duty in September 2008, but was arrested on October 28, 2011, after a police raid on two homes in south London. Inner... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Daily Mail (UK)

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Syria,Canada,United Arab Emirates,Venezuela,Lebanon,Iraq

6 June 2012

National (Abu Dhabi), Opinion

'The weapon first, fighting second," goes an Arabic proverb, which pretty much explains why there is so much conflict in the world today. But it also describes perfectly what I have had the misfortune of seeing as I've travelled and worked in war zones across the region. I remember the time I was in Iraq, and the family I was staying with insisted that I carry some form of weapon as "defence" and protection. Even their grandmother carried a small hand gun in her purse... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: National (Abu Dhabi)

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Libya,Iraq,Eastern Europe,West Asia,North Africa

30 May 2012

Rudaw (Kurdistan)

ERBIL, Kurdistan Region—More than twenty parliamentarians from North Africa, the Middle East, and Eastern Europe took part in a conference in Erbil on Sunday about the social and political effects of small arms, and ways to combat its proliferation. The conference, officially titled the "Parliamentary Seminar on Controlling Proliferation of Small Arms and Light Weapons," was organized by the Swedish global network the Parliamentary Forum on Small Arms and Light... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Rudaw (Kurdistan)

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Iraq

23 May 2012

Rudaw (Kurdistan)

ERBIL, Kurdistan Region -- Hiwa Hassan, 34, visited the Erbil Governorate Office twice last year to renew his firearm license. He was turned down both times, even though he says he needs a firearm because his job requires him to constantly move between cities. Hassan says, "A lot of times, I return home at night. I always have a Kalashnikov with me, but I have never shot a round. I carry a Kalashnikov for personal safety." Hassan's firearm license expired a month ago.... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Rudaw (Kurdistan)

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Iraq

6 May 2012

CRI English (China)

The Iraqi government on Sunday legalized the possession of one gun in each house in the country, as Iraqi army soldiers started the gradual handover of security control to the police, government officials said. Iraqi government spokesman Ali Dabbagh said in a statement that the Iraqi security authority "decided to license a rifle or a pistol in each house, on condition that the owner must register it (the gun) in the nearest police station." Dabbagh warned that those... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: CRI English (China)

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Ethiopia,South Africa,Burkina Faso,Sierra Leone,West Africa,Ukraine,Côte d'Ivoire,Eastern Europe,Russia,Central African Republic,Iraq,Afghanistan,United States,Colombia,Angola,Liberia,North Africa,West Asia,Africa

11 April 2012

Think Africa Press (London)

Arms dealer Viktor Bout was sentenced to 25 years by a US federal court last week. Widely known as the 'merchant of death', the 45-year-old Russian has delivered weapons and arms to a wide range of presidents, insurgents and rebels in Africa and the Middle East including the likes of Charles Taylor in Liberia and Jonas Savimbi in Angola. He was caught in a US sting in which his services were solicited for the supply of weapons to Colombia's FARC rebels. His companies... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Think Africa Press (London)

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Syria,Iraq

16 February 2012

Associated Press

BAGHDAD — The rifles are first taken apart and hidden in cigarette cartons and kerosene tanks. Younis al-Lehaibi and his sons then divide them into their trucks and head out to Iraq's vast, dusty border with Syria. Their objective: to smuggle weapons to Syrian rebels who seek the overthrow of President Bashar Assad. It's a turnaround from the height of the Iraqi war six years ago, when weapons and fighters would cross from Syria to aid fellow Sunnis in Iraq. Mindful... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Associated Press

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Iraq

14 January 2012

AK News (Kurdistan)

KIRKUK - It is two days since the sale of guns were banned in Chamchamal. The city's gun shops have been closed and violators will be penalized. Chamchamal deputy mayor, Tareq Rashid, told AKnews that all the licenses to sell guns will be annulled. No one will be allowed to deal with guns openly or concealed. In June Kurdistan Region Interior Ministry ordered that only people in a few "special" posts or on certain occasions will be re-licensed to carry arms. But in... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: AK News (Kurdistan)

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Israel,Jordan,Iraq,Turkey,Syria,Lebanon

10 January 2012

Daily Star (Beirut)

BEIRUT - As Abu Rida reels off a list of the latest prices for weapons and ammunition on Lebanon's black market, his small audience lets out low whistles of surprise."$2,000 for an RPG?" said one man, referring to a rocket-propelled grenade launcher. "I swear to God," replied Abu Rida who has seen his profits skyrocket over the past year. "The prices are crazy. And it's all going to Syria." Black market arms dealers like Abu Rida are struggling to cope with a soaring... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Daily Star (Beirut)

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Syria,Iran,Iraq,Turkey

3 December 2011

Kurdish Globe (Kurdistan)

Some see their firearms as further protection Twenty years after the Kurdish uprising, civilians still keep guns in their homes. Firearms remain widely accepted by people in a region where possession of unlicensed firearms is considered illegal. A weapon that was once essential for their survival--especially in the 90s--still has not lost its appeal among civilians. Politicians gift guns as a tradition. The gun market located outside of Erbil city is part of some 20... (GunPolicy.org)

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Iraq,Afghanistan,United States

26 November 2011

New York Times

SCARBOROUGH, Me. - Lined up in a gun rack beneath mounted deer heads is a Bushmaster Carbon 15, a matte-black semiautomatic rifle that looks as if it belongs to a SWAT team. On another rack rests a Teflon-coated Prairie Panther from DPMS Firearms, a supplier to the United States Border Patrol and security agencies in Iraq. On a third is a Remington 750 Woodsmaster, a popular hunting rifle. The variety of rifles and shotguns on sale here at Cabela's, the national... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: New York Times

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Iraq,Jordan,Turkey,Syria,Lebanon

25 November 2011

National Post (Toronto) / Reuters

BAALBEK, Lebanon — Weapons dealer Abu Wael has traded guns in Lebanon's Bekaa valley since the last days of his country's civil war, nearly a quarter of a century ago. This has been his busiest year ever. Unrest in neighbouring Syria has sent demand for weapons soaring, doubling prices for Kalashnikov assault rifles and other weapons and helping supply the increasingly well armed insurrection challenging President Bashar al-Assad. In the first six months of the... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: National Post (Toronto) / Reuters

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India,Afghanistan,Iraq,Sierra Leone,South Africa,Saudi Arabia,United States,United Kingdom,Oceania,Europe,Asia,Americas,Africa

1 November 2011

Telegraph (UK), Book review

If there is one book unlikely to appear on the Christmas reading lists of the former defence secretary Liam Fox and his self-professed adviser Adam Werritty, one suspects that this is it. The sorry case of Dr Fox and the mystery chum-cum-lobbyist amplifies what critics of the defence procurement industry – Feinstein prefers the racier "global arms trade" – have long argued. To put it mildly, and in a nutshell, it is not known for its transparency. Nor, for that... (GunPolicy.org)

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Mexico,Congo (DRC),Sudan,Central African Republic,Sri Lanka,Colombia,Jamaica,Iraq,El Salvador,Central Africa,Caribbean,Central America,South America

29 October 2011

Associated Press

GENEVA — More people are killed by armed violence resulting from crime than are killed in war, with Latin America and a swath of countries through the middle of Africa among the hardest hit, an international study claimed Thursday. About 526,000 people die violently every year — or more than 1,400 people every day — according to the 2011 Global Burden of Armed Violence report. Only about 55,000 of those killed die in warfare, while an estimated 396,000 people... (GunPolicy.org)

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Afghanistan,Iraq,Canada

23 October 2011

Vancouver Sun (British Columbia)

After finishing a rotation through Afghanistan with the Royal Canadian Horse Artillery, 22-year-old Dan Styles is back in Canada, safe and sound with his young family. When he's not caring for his one-year-old baby daughter, Styles now spends a lot of his personal time at the shooting range near his home at CFB Petawawa, in eastern Ontario. There, he hones the skills he relied on in the field. "It's practice, practice, practice," he says. "The better you get at it,... (GunPolicy.org)

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Iran,Yemen,Turkey,Libya,Iraq,Lebanon,Syria

16 October 2011

Jerusalem Post (Israel)

Small arms are increasingly in demand inside volatile Syria, particularly among the country's Alawite minority, who fear they may face retaliation over the revolt against their co-religionist, President Bashar Assad. Most of the weapons are being smuggled in from Lebanon, once an end user of small arms during the country's 15-year civil war that ended in 1990. Today, Lebanon is overflowing with automatic weapons, grenades and hunting rifles, all of which are in demand... (GunPolicy.org)

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Iraq,Caribbean,Jamaica,Trinidad & Tobago

10 September 2011

Trinidad and Tobago Express

Trinidad and Tobago now rivals Jamaica as the most violent country in the Caribbean, with the number of annual murders rising sharply from 98 to 550 over the last decade, with some areas in the Port of Spain police division being listed among the most dangerous in the world. This is the finding of a new United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) draft report on Human Development and Citizen Security in the Caribbean, which noted, among other things, that the murder... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Trinidad and Tobago Express

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Serbia,Macedonia,Kuwait,Iraq,Philippines,Jordan,Turkey,United States,Libya

22 August 2011

BBC News

Libyan rebels have celebrated their advance into Tripoli by firing guns in the air. How hazardous is this? It is, unarguably, an emphatic way to display one's jubilation. Shooting an automatic weapon into the sky to signal an occasion one welcomes is a popular practice in much of the world, as the footage of Libyan anti-Gaddafi forces seizing the main square of the capital city has demonstrated. But it is a potentially fatal activity, which regularly results in the... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: BBC News

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Colombia,United States,Mexico,Central America,Iraq,El Salvador,Guatemala,Honduras

13 August 2011

Honduras Weekly / InSight Crime

A recent report released by the National Commissioner for Human Rights (Conadeh), in Honduras indicates that there are more than 850,000 weapons in circulation in the country. Only 258,000 weapons, however, are officially registered. It is therefore hardly surprising, in a country with hundreds of thousands of illegal weapons, that as many as 80 percent of homicides are firearm related. Traditionally, Hondurans have taken a rather liberal approach to gun ownership,... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Honduras Weekly / InSight Crime

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Iraq,Afghanistan,United States

27 May 2011

Wall Street Journal, Blog

Tucked away in the fiscal 2012 defense authorization bill that the House passed Thursday is a curious provision: an amendment that would ensure that troops deployed to Afghanistan or Iraq have the "right to bear arms." You read that correctly. The House voted 260 to 160 to approve an amendment to the bill that would revise the military's "rules of engagement" to ensure troops in conflict zones can defend themselves. Seem a bit redundant? Rep. John Mica (R., Fla.),... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Wall Street Journal

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Iraq,United States,United Kingdom

13 February 2011

Democrat and Chronicle (New York)

In May 2007 a British firearms dealer — Mil Tec Marketing Inc. — signed off on a contract to supply weapons parts to a Florida-based company that provides munitions and equipment to the U.S. military and other national defenses. Under that agreement, weaponry and accessories would have ended up in Iraq for the war effort. But the British firm was unable to meet the contractual promises. Oddly, an ensuing spat between the companies is the seed of an international... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Democrat and Chronicle (New York)

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Iraq,United Kingdom,United States,Germany

27 January 2011

WHAM-TV (New York)

CHILI, New York - On Friday a German man will appear in Rochester's Federal Courthouse to answer to charges related to an international gun smuggling operation. Authorities claim 56 year-old Karl Kleber illegally sold AK-47 drum magazines to a Chili-based gun business; American Tactical Imports (ATI) and its sister-company AmChar. The basis for the smuggling charge Kleber now faces is a shipment of 5,760 75-round AK-47 drum magazines that federal agents believe were... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: WHAM-TV (New York)

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Iraq,Indonesia,Serbia,Jordan,Afghanistan

12 January 2011

Bloomberg (USA)

Zastava Oruzje, a Serbian weapons maker, made $17 million of sales abroad in 2010 and expects the figure to rise 30 percent this year as a result of contracts to sell sniper rifles to Jordan and Indonesia, Blic reported, citing General Manager Rade Gromovic. The maker of handguns, military and hunting rifles also plans to continue supplying the Iraqi and Afghan armies until at least 2014, the newspaper... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Bloomberg (USA)

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Iraq,United States

10 November 2010

Tribune-Review (Pittsburgh)

An Army National Guard soldier from northwestern Pennsylvania will spend two years on probation and must forfeit 11 guns, including an AK-47, that he lied about smuggling into the country after serving in Iraq. James Bindeman, 42, was sentenced Tuesday after pleading guilty before a federal judge in Erie in June. Federal prosecutors say Bindeman hid the guns under the false bottom of a crate he built, telling Army officials it contained his power tools and golf... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Tribune-Review (Pittsburgh)

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Afghanistan,Iraq,United States

9 November 2010

Associated Press

LOS ANGELES - Federal agents have arrested three retired Marines suspected of selling illegal assault weapons to a notorious Los Angeles street gang, authorities said Tuesday. The suspected ringleader, Adam Gitschlag, who served in Iraq and was once based at Camp Pendleton, was arrested at his Orange County home Nov. 2 as part of an operation carried out by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, as well as military investigators and local police. The... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Associated Press

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Afghanistan,Iraq,United States

21 April 2010

Associated Press

RALEIGH, North Carolina - Federal prosecutors launched a scathing assessment of Blackwater Worldwide's former president Wednesday, declaring in an initial court appearance that he operated the security firm with "sheer arrogance" and a "scofflaw attitude." Gary Jackson and four past colleagues indicted last week appeared Wednesday morning before a judge who allowed them to go free as they await trial. A magistrate judge denied a government request to place a bond on... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Associated Press

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Iraq

2 March 2010

Sydney Morning Herald

BAGHDAD, Iraq - A senior Iraqi spy has accused the Prime Minister, Nouri al-Maliki, of handing out thousands of guns to tribal leaders in an attempt to win votes. The claim was made by a former spokesman for the Iraqi National Intelligence Service, Saad al-Alusi, a week before Iraq's general election, in which allegations of vote buying and exorbitant handouts have been widespread. Mr Maliki, who faces a bitterly contested final week of campaigning until the poll on... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Sydney Morning Herald

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United States,Afghanistan,Iraq

22 January 2010

al Jazeera

US-made rifles inscribed with Bible codes are being used by US forces and Afghans to fight the Taliban. The weapons come from Trijicon, a manufacturer based in Wixom, Michigan, that supplies the US military. The company's now deceased founder, Glyn Bandon, started the practice which continues today. David Chater, Al Jazeera's correspondent in the Afghan capital Kabul, said: "It is a rallying cry for the Taliban. It gives them a propaganda tool. "They've always tried... (GunPolicy.org)

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Afghanistan,Iran,Iraq,United States

21 January 2010

New York Times

Bowing to Pentagon concerns and an international outcry, a Michigan arms company said Thursday that it would immediately stop embossing references to New Testament Scriptures on rifle sights it sells the military. The company, Trijicon Inc., has multimillion-dollar contracts with the Pentagon for advanced telescopic sights that are widely used in Iraq and Afghanistan. Trijicon also said it would provide the Pentagon with 100 free kits to use for removing the lettering... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: New York Times

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Iraq,United States

9 January 2010

Reuters

Police raided three locations in Baghdad on Friday, a week after Iraqi authorities were incensed by a U.S. judge's decision to throw out charges against five Blackwater Worldwide security guards accused of killing over a dozen Iraqi civilians in 2007. Officials said they are targeting private security companies that are no longer legally licensed to operate in Iraq. "All those companies with their work permits expired are not allowed to move one meter inside Baghdad,... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Reuters

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Iraq

4 January 2010

Associated Press

BAGHDAD,Iraq - The Iraqi prime minister vowed Monday to seek punishment for the Blackwater guards accused of killing 17 people at a busy Baghdad intersection after U.S. courts dropped the case in a decision that outraged many Iraqis. Nouri al-Maliki's comments were his first public reaction since a U.S. judge threw out the case against the five Blackwater guards last week. The guards were accused of an unprovoked attack that left 17 dead. The killings inflamed... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Associated Press

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Iraq

5 October 2009

Aswat al-Iraq (Iraq)

MISSAN — Head of the Missan council's security committee announced on Monday imposing a fine of one million Iraqis dinars ($855) against those who open fire in the province. "The security committee decided in coordination with the Missan council and police department to impose one million dinars as a fine for those who shoot in the province," Sarhan Salem Youni told Aswat al-Iraq news agency, noting that the punishment includes also confiscating the gun and sending... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Aswat al-Iraq (Iraq)

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Turkey,United States,Iraq

24 August 2009

Today's Zaman (Istanbul)

ANKARA — A recent report by the Security General Directorate's anti-smuggling and organized crime unit has revealed that 514 of 522 Glock pistols used in crimes in Turkey were originally ordered by the US for its troops in Iraq and that the weapons were used in 25 separate murders, including the 2006 Council of State shooting. The Security General Directorate's anti-smuggling and organized crime unit has prepared a report on the kind of crimes Glock weapons smuggled... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Today's Zaman (Istanbul)

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Iraq

18 August 2009

Institute for War and Peace Reporting

SULAIMANIYAH and ERBIL — Weapons loudly welcomed the outcome of Iraqi Kurdistan's latest political contest, and may even discreetly have helped determine it. In the run-up to last month's election, politicians gifted guns to prominent supporters. When the results were announced, celebratory gunfire streaked the night skies. Opposition leaders said the weapons had been dished out to buy votes. Their rivals denied this, arguing that they were honouring Kurdish... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Institute for War and Peace Reporting

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Iraq,United States

7 August 2009

US Marine Corps, Media release

CAMP TAJI, Iraq — Marines with the 2nd Marine Logistics Group (Forward), delivered roughly 900 captured enemy weapons to the Taji National Maintenance Depot aboard Camp Taji, Iraq, July 28, 2009. This was one in a series of transfers that have taken place since 2004 under an agreement requiring enemy weapons captured by the U.S. military to be turned over to the Iraqi government for future use by the Iraqi Army and Iraqi Police. Staff Sgt. Alex P. Barros, the... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: US Marine Corps

30724

United Kingdom,Europe,Iraq,Afghanistan

3 August 2009

Birmingham Post (UK)

British troops are smuggling guns and drugs into the UK and Europe and selling them on to criminal gangs, a former soldier from the Midlands has claimed. The ex-serviceman said it was "megaeasy" to bring back weapons from Iraq and Afghanistan and said some soldiers had become adept at hiding weapons and shipping them back from the frontline. Handguns are brought back inside field radios and tool boxes — while grenades are hidden inside tank gun barrels for... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Birmingham Post (UK)

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Serbia,Iraq,Afghanistan,United States

4 June 2009

BBC Worldwide Monitoring / Blic Daily

Last year Serbia's export of weapons and military equipment reached a record high at 400m euros, with 236m dollars for Iraq. This year export deals are worth more than 500m euros. Five out of six factories of the military industry have sold out their capacities completely for this year. Zastava Arms alone plans to export 30m dollars in 2009, which is 30 per cent more than this year. Manager Rade Gromovic told Blic that the factory would achieve the biggest foreign... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: BBC Worldwide Monitoring / Blic Daily

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United States,Iraq

13 May 2009

Associated Press

Keith Springle, who grew up swimming and fishing off the North Carolina coast and seemed destined as a boy to join the Navy, was in Iraq because it was his duty as a military psychologist. Dr. Matthew Houseal, a 54-year-old Army reservist and psychiatrist, was there because he felt he needed to be. Regardless of how they came to be there, both made it their mission to help their fellow service members cope with the stress of life in the combat zone. Soldiers like the... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Associated Press

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Iraq,United States

11 May 2009

Associated Press

WASHINGTON — Pentagon officials say five Americans are dead after a U.S. soldier opened fire at a U.S. base in Baghdad. They say the attacker is in custody. The officials say the shootings happened on Camp Liberty at a stress clinic, where troops can go for help with the stresses of combat or stress from personal issues. One senior military official in Washington says it's unclear whether those killed are workers at the clinic or were there for counseling. He says... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Associated Press

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United States,Iraq

6 May 2009

Associated Press

RALEIGH, North Carolina — A defense contractor charged with trying to smuggle firearms out of Iraq claimed Blackwater guards asked him to help get rid of weapons after a deadly 2007 shooting in Baghdad, two government informants say in court documents. The contractor told one of the informants that Blackwater guards wanted to dispose of the weapons before an investigation into the September 2007 shooting that left several civilians dead, according to a criminal... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Associated Press

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United States,Iraq

4 May 2009

Washington Examiner

Federal prosecutors say a former Army Special Forces soldier turned Department of Defense contractor attempted to smuggle eight machine guns from Iraq to Fort Bragg. John A. Houston, who retired as a sergeant major in 2006 to become a security subcontractor working in Baghdad, allegedly sent the weapons, illegal under U.S. law, through contacts in the military. He claimed to two government informants that some of the guns were given to him by Blackwater employees... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Washington Examiner

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Pakistan,Iraq,Afghanistan

4 March 2009

Christian Science Monitor

PESHAWAR, Pakistan — In the town of Budaber, six miles from Peshawar's city center, Daud Khan makes sure his Kalashnikov is loaded before stepping into the dark street. As he walks out, seven young men join him, all armed. Mr. Khan is a member of the nighttime civilian patrols that guard the streets and escort residents home. They usually work from 9 p.m. to 3 a.m., the peak time for bomb attacks, a local says. Do-it-yourself security teams are becoming a fixture in... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Christian Science Monitor

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United States,Albania,Afghanistan,China,Iraq

3 February 2009

New Times (Florida)

On March 15, 2008, a fireball shot into the midday sky over Albania's capital of Tirana. The blast echoed 100 miles away in Macedonia and Kosovo. Its force was comparable to that of a small nuclear weapon. But this wasn't atomic. It was an accident at an arms depot, where poor villagers had been hired to handle old ammunition and artillery shells. The explosion killed up to 26 people and injured hundreds. The village of Gerdec was obliterated. Three men were arrested... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: New Times (Florida)

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United States,Iraq

17 December 2008

Associated Press

RALEIGH, North Carolina — The State Department has issued new regulations to closely monitor how Blackwater Worldwide exports sensitive equipment, such as guns and ammunition, putting the security contractor on probation amid probes into how the company handled arms shipments to Iraq. The so-called "policy of denial" was posted Wednesday. It requires the North Carolina company and its affiliates to file extra paperwork and progress reports, which the State Department... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Associated Press

28852

United States,Iraq

15 December 2008

Defense Industry Daily (USA)

In March 2008, "Iraq's Military Requesting $1.39B in Weapons, Vehicles, and Equipment" discussed that country's decisive shift to the M-16/M4 family of weapons for its soldiers. Previous DSCA purchase requests in October 2007 and September 2006 has also included the rifles, but by February 2008, it became clear that this was a full replacement program for the AK-derivative 7.62mm designs that had become so ubiquitous in that part of the world. The latest official... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Defense Industry Daily (USA)

28851

Iraq,United States

12 December 2008

Associated Press

MAHMOUDIYA, Iraq — Two boys approached a U.S. soldier, pulled out a pistol and handed it over. They got a smile and some candy in return. The gun was plastic, and the boys were following a local Iraqi military order to surrender all toy weapons — an effort to prevent children from being mistaken for insurgents. With more children on the streets now that violence is down, American soldiers have a new mission in this former "triangle of death" city south of Baghdad:... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Associated Press

28798

United States,Iraq

10 December 2008

US Defense Security Cooperation Agency

WASHINGTON — On Dec. 9, the Defense Security Cooperation Agency notified Congress of a possible Foreign Military Sale to Iraq of (80,000) M16A4 5.56MM Rifles, (25,000) M4 5.56MM Carbines, (2,550) M203 40MM Grenade Launchers as well as associated equipment and services. The total value, if all options are exercised, could be as high as $148 million. The Government of Iraq has requested a possible sale of (80,000) M16A4 5.56MM Rifles, (25,000) M4 5.56MM Carbines,... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: US Defense Security Cooperation Agency

28800

Iraq,Bulgaria

23 November 2008

Washington Post Foreign Service

BAGHDAD — Kurdish officials this fall took delivery of three planeloads of small arms and ammunition imported from Bulgaria, three U.S. military officials said, an acquisition that occurred outside the weapons procurement procedures of Iraq's central government. The large quantity of weapons and the timing of the shipment alarmed U.S. officials, who have grown concerned about the prospect of an armed confrontation between Iraqi Kurds and the government at a time when... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Washington Post Foreign Service

28686

Bulgaria,Russia,Iraq,Afghanistan

20 November 2008

FOCUS News Agency (Bulgaria) / Praim-TASS

MOSCOW — 7-8 countries in the world are currently dealing with unlicensed production of machine guns "Kalashnikov", Nikolay Dimidyuk from Rosoboronexport said, cited by Praim-TASS. According to his evaluation there was a total nuisance in the world regarding the production of 'false' Kalashnikov guns, in particular in Bulgaria. 'I will not mention other countries, so as not to offend them. The Americans allowed Bulgaria to build a factory for the production of... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: FOCUS News Agency (Bulgaria) / Praim-TASS

28672

United States,Iraq,Jordan

9 November 2008

Public Record (USA), Web Page

Private security contractor Blackwater Worldwide may be slapped with millions of dollars in fines by the State Department for shipping weapons to law enforcement facilities in Iraq and Jordan without authorization, according to a report published in the magazine Government Executive. "Officials in the Commerce Department, which has jurisdiction over some military exports, are conducting a related regulatory review of Blackwater shipments," the magazine reported, citing... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Public Record (USA)

28649

United States,Iraq

7 November 2008

CongressDaily (USA)

Private security contractor Blackwater Worldwide, often a target of congressional Democrats, soon may face new legal problems. A grand jury in Washington is expected to decide soon whether to indict individual Blackwater guards involved in a widely publicized shooting incident in Baghdad last year, two people familiar with the investigation said. And the State Department's Directorate of Defense Trade Controls, which is responsible for export controls on some arms, is... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: CongressDaily (USA)

28602

Pakistan,Iraq,China

24 October 2008

Australian (Sydney)

Anti-Taliban tribal fighters in Pakistan's border region will be given tens of thousands of AK-47 assault rifles bought from China in a bid to replicate the success of the "Sunni Awakening" movement in Iraq. The deal to buy the weapons and other small arms was negotiated by Pakistani President Asif Ali Zardari when he was in Beijing this month, reports said yesterday. The Washington Post said the weapons would go to the so-called tribal lashkars (armies) that are... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Australian (Sydney)

28490

United States,Iraq

23 October 2008

Chicago Tribune / The Swamp, Blog

It took years to reach this point but the Bush Administration has finally put in place a system to track the weapons it's providing to Iraqi security forces. For years, there've been concerns about thousands of weapons delivered to the Iraqi military and police that have gone missing with the obvious fear that some have wound up in enemy hands to be used against the U.S. military. The White House notified Congress today by letter: The White House Office of the Press... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Chicago Tribune / The Swamp

28503

Iraq

16 October 2008

Stars and Stripes (US Military)

BAGHDAD — In the past, the soldiers with 1st Battalion, 68th Infantry would have had no problem finding an AK-47 assault rifle in Omar Abdul Satar's home. Iraqis have a long history of owning guns, and few homes in the country are without one. But the government is trying to change that. It recently decided to prohibit guns in the capital. That was bad news for Satar. When the U.S. soldiers and their Iraqi counterparts found his AK, they confiscated it and took it... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Stars and Stripes (US Military)

28457

Iraq

29 September 2008

Reuters

BAGDHAD — Doctors in Iraq will have the right to carry guns to protect themselves, the government said on Monday, in a bid to address the security concerns of a profession that has been targeted by gangsters and militants. Thousands of Iraqi doctors have fled over the past five years, leaving the country desperately short of qualified medical personnel. Doctors held a conference in Baghdad in June to ask for better protection. "Under a new government decree, the... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Reuters

28343

United States,Albania,Iraq

25 September 2008

Miami New Times

David Packouz talks about nanotech the way 12-year-old girls talk about Zac Efron. In a great, fawning gush of words, he explains it will bring about a technological utopia on Earth. Humans, he says, will interface with computers, replace their bodies with machinery, and become immortal. Spacecraft will mine asteroids, and robots will reach human levels of intelligence and self-replicate. "At that point," he says, looking excited and a little worried, "we can only hope... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Miami New Times

28320

Iraq,United States

24 September 2008

Asia Times / Inter Press Service News Agency

SAN FRANCISCO — Clandestine gun suppliers, funded by the United States and Iraqi governments, have flooded Iraq with millions of weapons since 2003, charges a new Amnesty International investigation. Because of faulty or non-existent government tracking systems, many of those guns have gone missing, and some have turned up in the hands of insurgents. Contracts with one of these companies, Taos Industries, account for almost half of the US$217 million Baghdad and... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Asia Times / Inter Press Service News Agency

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United States,United Kingdom,Iraq,United Nations

17 September 2008

Guardian (UK)

Iraq is being flooded with weapons despite human rights violations by all parties in the conflict there, and without any proper monitoring by the US and Britain over where the weapons end up, Amnesty International says today. There is no clear accountable audit trail for some 360,000 small arms supplied to the Iraqi security forces, many by the US and UK, it says. Subcontracting makes the arms trade even less transparent. Among examples cited by Amnesty are the supply... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Guardian (UK)

28220

Iraq,United States,United Nations

17 September 2008

Sydney Morning Herald / AFP

World governments should pledge to actively prevent sales of weapons that are likely to be used in human rights violations in a new arms treaty under negotiation, Amnesty International said on Wednesday. Whether used by the military in Burma to disperse protesters in September 2007, or by Somali armed factions terrorising the streets of Mogadishu, the human rights group warned small weapons had "catastrophic" effects worldwide. The system of national laws regulating... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Sydney Morning Herald / AFP

28219

United States,United Kingdom,Italy,Afghanistan,Iraq

17 September 2008

Middle East Times (Cairo) / UPI

WASHINGTON — Weak oversight of arms deals by the United States, England and Italy resulted in the illicit arming of al-Qaida, a new report by Amnesty International says. The international non-governmental organization says that despite new measures implemented to regulate arms deals, thousands of weapons have ended up in the hands of al-Qaida militants operating in Iraq, Amnesty International reported. The report, titled "Blood at the Crossroads: Making the Case for... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Middle East Times (Cairo) / UPI

28214

Turkey,Poland,Austria,Iraq,Bulgaria,Germany

19 August 2008

Today's Zaman (Istanbul)

ANKARA — Polish-made fully automatic Glauberyt submachine guns that were apparently purchased during the reign of Saddam Hussein are now in the hands of the PKK terrorist organization. Turkey and Poland are currently in a row over these weapons. Iraq's chaotic environment following the 2003 US invasion has allowed weapons from around the world to make it into the hands of the outlawed Kurdistan Worker's Party (PKK). US-made weapons and guns purchased from Poland... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Today's Zaman (Istanbul)

27995

Iraq,Afghanistan,United Nations,Bosnia & Herzegovina,Albania,Serbia

15 July 2008

Agence France Presse

UNITED NATIONS — The wars in Iraq and Afghanistan are undermining efforts to destroy surplus weapons by creating new markets for countries to sell their unwanted firearms, according to a survey. Although the world is witnessing "the largest systematic destruction of military small arms and light weapons since the end of World War II," countries that would normally have destroyed their surplus weapons are now being encouraged to export them, the Small Arms Survey 2008... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Agence France Presse

27687

United Nations,Iraq,Colombia,Afghanistan

14 July 2008

Reuters

UNITED NATIONS — Every year hundreds of thousands of small arms go missing and many wind up in the hands of insurgents in countries like Iraq, Colombia and Afghanistan, a new survey published on Monday said. The annual report issued by the Geneva-based Small Arms Survey said that as many as 650,000 civilian-owned weapons go missing. This figure excludes the considerable amount of weapons that are diverted — usually meaning stolen or sold on the black market —... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Reuters

27673

Iraq,United States

10 July 2008

Associated Press

WASHINGTON — Trying to escape Baghdad's sweltering summer with a quick Green Zone dip? Don't forget your poolside weapons etiquette if you work at the U.S. Embassy there. Despite previous appeals, embassy employees with permission to carry guns are apparently not heeding strict rules that require arms to be within their reach or with a designated person at all times, even at the pool, The Associated Press has learned. And if you're packing heat, forget about a beer... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Associated Press

27646

Iraq

22 June 2008

Los Angeles Times

BAGHDAD — Sports became a surprise topic Sunday during a routine news briefing by the U.S. and Iraqi armed forces on the battle against the insurgency. With Iraq's beloved national soccer team poised to qualify for the World Cup in its game against Qatar on Sunday night, Maj. Gen. Qassim Atta, spokesman for the Iraqi government's "Imposing the Law" campaign, delivered a stern warning to gun owners — essentially every adult male in Iraq. It was a concept every... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Los Angeles Times

27431

Serbia,Iraq

2 June 2008

B92 Radio (Belgrade)

KRAGUJEVAC, Serbia — The first consignment of CZ 99 handguns destined for the Iraq market will be shipped out of the Zastava factory three weeks ahead of schedule. Even though the first shipment was first planned for July, according to CEO Rade Gromovic, the weapons are ready and the permits necessary for exporting them have been secured, so the date has been shifted to June 11. This will mark the official beginning of the realization of an arms export agreement... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: B92 Radio (Belgrade)

27271

United States,Iraq

2 June 2008

Associated Press

SAN DIEGO - A Marine sergeant from El Paso, Texas, accused of bringing an AK-47 assault rifle home from Iraq as a war trophy accepted a plea deal Monday that will keep him out of federal prison. Sgt. Leonardo San Juan agreed to plead guilty to one felony count of possession of an unregistered firearm and pay a $100 fine, said his attorney, Joseph Low. San Juan accepted the deal shortly before jury selection was set to begin. A judge still must approve the deal. San... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Associated Press

27269

United States,Afghanistan,Iraq,Albania

27 April 2008

New York Times

MOSCOW — The United States Army has begun a broad review of procedures used to supply security forces in Afghanistan and Iraq with foreign arms, prompted by an allegation of fraud and questions about the competence of the main private supplier of ammunition to Afghanistan. The company, AEY Inc. of Miami Beach, was suspended last month after Army investigators accused it of shipping aged Chinese rifle cartridges and claiming they were Hungarian. The Army decided to... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: New York Times

26978

United Kingdom,Iraq,Afghanistan,Europe

25 April 2008

BBC News

Two former soldiers who were jailed for their involvement in a gun smuggling ring have said the practice is common in the British army. Shane Pleasant and Ben Whitfield were in the Third Battalion, the Yorkshire Regiment, when they helped to smuggle weapons from Iraq into Europe. They said if soldiers had the right contacts it was easy to smuggle weapons out of countries. The MoD said there was no evidence such guns were used in crimes in the UK. The two soldiers... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: BBC News

26953

Iraq

22 April 2008

Associated Press

BAGHDAD — A parliamentary committee is drafting a bill that would ban imports of toy guns and fireworks into Iraq, hoping to curb increasingly aggressive behavior among children who have grown up amid real war, a lawmaker said Tuesday. "The culture of violence has prevailed in our society and controlled the Iraqi family, and that has affected the culture of children," said Samira al-Moussawi, head of parliament's committee on children and women, which is preparing... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Associated Press

26938

Iraq

29 March 2008

Los Angeles Times

BAGHDAD — Prime Minister Nouri Maliki on Friday extended a deadline for fighters to disarm after nobody responded, and U.S. forces were pulled deeper into the showdown between Iraqi security forces and Shiite militiamen. The United States military said a Navy jet had strafed a mortar-launching position in the southern city of Basra with 20-millimeter cannon fire Thursday night, killing three "criminal militia members." It was the first time U.S. forces were directly... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Los Angeles Times

26657

United States,Afghanistan,Iraq,China

28 March 2008

New York Times

When the United States Army decided this week to suspend the main supplier of munitions to Afghan security forces from future federal work, it did so after a field investigation documented what it called an act of fraud. Last Nov. 25, the president of the company, Efraim E. Diveroli, signed papers certifying that 28 pallets of ammunition for Afghanistan had been manufactured by MFS 2000, a Hungarian company, according to the investigators' memorandum. Acting on a tip,... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: New York Times

26632

United States,Afghanistan,China,Albania,Iraq

27 March 2008

New York Times

Since 2006, when the insurgency in Afghanistan sharply intensified, the Afghan government has been dependent on American logistics and military support in the war against Al Qaeda and the Taliban. But to arm the Afghan forces that it hopes will lead this fight, the American military has relied since early last year on a fledgling company led by a 22-year-old man whose vice president was a licensed masseur. With the award last January of a federal contract worth as... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: New York Times

26625

Iraq,United States

26 March 2008

Defense Industry Daily (USA)

As Iraq's military gets back to its feet, it has received armored vehicles, up-armored Hummers, and assorted weapons, vehicles, and aircraft. The initial priority on armed combat forces that could be supported by American combat logistics has started to give way to a buildup of Iraq's own logistics and maintenance capabilities. On March 21/08, the US DSCA announced a formal request by Iraq's government for various vehicles, small arms and ammunition, communication... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Defense Industry Daily (USA)

26636

Lebanon,Iraq,Iran,China

18 March 2008

BBC Worldwide Monitoring / Al-Hayat (London), Transcript

BEIRUT — The Lebanese are talking these days about the phenomenon of the spread of weapons and the increasing trade in them. Many say this is a prelude to the ignition of rounds of warfare with the looming shadows of the sharp political and sectarian split seen on the Lebanese arena. Al-Hayat prepared a report on this phenomenon. It met weapons merchants, political activists, and civilians who revealed that the weapons market in Lebanon suffers a crunch however... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: BBC Worldwide Monitoring / Al-Hayat (London)

26589

United States,Iraq

16 March 2008

KippReport (Dubai) / Trends Magazine

Major Gloria D. Davis of the US Army was buried in Washington's Arlington Cemetery, the last resting place of many of America's military heroes, on December 23, 2006. But the 47-year-old Davis, of Missouri, an 18-year army veteran, did not perish fighting her country's enemies. Instead, the US Army said, she died in "a non-combat-related incident" in Iraq. In fact, Gloria Davis put a bullet in her brain on December 12 in her quarters in the sprawling US military base... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: KippReport (Dubai) / Trends Magazine

26475

Serbia,Iraq

10 March 2008

BBC Worldwide Monitoring / Beta News Agency, Transcript

The contract on exporting weapons and military equipment to Iraq, worth 236m dollars, which the Serbian arms trading company Jugoimport SDPR signed with the government of Iraq, is the most significant deal the Serbian military industry has made since the end of 1990, when a contract was signed with Kuwait about the exports of 175 domestically produced M-84 tanks. The first instalment, adding up to 20 per cent of what the deal is worth, was paid into the accounts of... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: BBC Worldwide Monitoring / Beta News Agency

26477

Germany,United States,Iraq,Afghanistan

19 February 2008

Deutsche Welle (Germany)

Weapons manufacturer Heckler & Koch said it would end its relationship with Blackwater after German media reported that the controversial US-run military firm was using its guns in Iraq and Afghanistan. Blackwater, a private security company which has been contracted to protect high-profile US officials and foreign dignitaries in Iraq, had been using Heckler & Koch machine guns in both Iraq and Afghanistan, German broadcaster ARD's "Report Mainz" program reported... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Deutsche Welle (Germany)

26179

Iraq

1 February 2008

Los Angeles Times

BAGHDAD — Iraqi police officials have dropped plans to disarm policewomen and give their guns to male officers after an outcry from critics, who said the move was a sign of religious zealots' rising influence in Iraq. Despite the turnabout, which police confirmed Thursday, the U.S. military general who introduced women into the police force said they remained hindered in their attempts to practice real policing skills. "Even with the revocation order, we will have... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Los Angeles Times

26004

United States,Iraq

29 January 2008

Associated Press

WASHINGTON — Weapons the U.S. provides to Iraqi security forces may still be ending up in the hands of terrorists, insurgents and criminals, the Defense Department inspector general told Congress on Tuesday. While U.S. commanders have made progress in controlling the flow of tens of thousands of munitions into Iraq, "there still remains work to be accomplished," Claude Kicklighter said in prepared remarks obtained by The Associated Press. Appearing behind closed... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Associated Press

25981

United Kingdom,Iraq

30 December 2007

United Press International

NOTTINGHAM, England — Authorities have linked a gun used in a recent attempted homicide in Britain to the country's military. National Ballistics Intelligence Program officers said the weapon used to shoot police officer Rachael Brown in the city of Nottingham was likely smuggled back from Afghanistan or Iraq by British troops, or was stolen from one of the country's military bases, The Observer reported Sunday. While the federal program has been tracking a number... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: United Press International

25731

Iraq

23 December 2007

Sky News (UK)

An RAF officer had a lucky escape despite being hit by a stray bullet during celebratory gunfire by a group of Iraqis. Flight Lieutenant Neil Lawrenson was wearing body armour — but the round went into his upper arm. However, it entered at such an angle that it left almost no damage and did not hit any bone or muscle. If the bullet, which fell from the sky in Basra, had gone in at a different angle, the British airman could have lost his arm. He was even more... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Sky News (UK)

25700

Serbia,Iraq

21 December 2007

ADN Kronos International / AKI (Italy)

BELGRADE — Serbia has signed a deal to export weapons and military equipment to Iraq worth 230 million dollars, defence minister Dragan Sutanovac told Belgrade television late on Thursday. Sutanovac said that the delegation of the Iraqi defence ministry visited Serbia on two occasions in recent months and the deal was signed with the state military trade company Jugoimport SDPR. He didn't specify which weapons had been sold to Iraq, but Serbia produces only light... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: ADN Kronos International / AKI (Italy)

25697

United States,Iraq

21 December 2007

Times of India / AP

WASHINGTON — The US Defence Department is reinforcing a badly understaffed office in Baghdad to speed the flow of war-fighting gear to Iraqi forces and to make sure the weapons do not end up in the hands of insurgents or on the black market. The nearly 1,000 per cent increase in staff — from six people to almost 70 — includes a two-star general, who arrived in Iraq two weeks ago to manage the expanding team. Army Reserve Maj Gen George Smith replaces a colonel,... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Times of India / AP

25671

United States,Iraq

20 December 2007

Time (USA)

The Pentagon is investigating whether some of the 190,000 weapons the U.S. military lost track of while training Iraqi troops were peddled on the black market by American soldiers and contractors, federal law-enforcement and congressional sources tell TIME. In recent weeks, Claude Kicklighter, the Pentagon's inspector general, has privately told lawmakers that the Defense Criminal Investigative Service has launched a probe into whether U.S. military and civilian... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Time (USA)

25672

Iraq

13 December 2007

Los Angeles Times

BAGHDAD, Iraq - The Iraqi government has ordered all policewomen to hand in their guns for redistribution to men or face having their pay withheld, thwarting a U.S. initiative to bring women into the nation's police force. The Ministry of Interior, which oversees police, issued the order late in November, according to ministry documents, U.S. officials and several of the women. It affects all officers who have earned the title "policewoman" by graduating from the... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Los Angeles Times

25622

Iraq,United States

2 December 2007

Los Angeles Times

BESMAYA RANGE, Iraq — The company of Iraqi soldiers pressed together for the dance of valor, singing of their bravery, stomping in the desert sand, thrusting their weapons skyward, just as they might have done not so many years ago to honor Saddam Hussein. But what were those sleek silhouettes they jabbed into the air? Not AK-47s. The iconic Soviet bloc assault rifle that has been synonymous for decades with America's adversaries and the developing world is being... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Los Angeles Times

25504

United Kingdom,Iraq,Germany

23 November 2007

BBC News

Two soldiers who smuggled guns out of Iraq intending to sell them to army colleagues have been jailed. Lance Corporal Michael White, 28, was jailed for 10 years and Corporal Anthony Creswick, 25, given nine-and-half years. Both men from the 3rd Battalion of the Yorkshire Regiment, along with Lance Corporal Brent Campbell who bought a gun, were also thrown out of the army. The Court Martial at Catterick Garrison in North Yorks ran for six weeks. Lance Corporal... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: BBC News

25431

Turkey,Iraq

20 November 2007

Turkish Daily News / SIRNAK / Dogan News Agency

A member of the pro-Kurdish Democratic Society Party (DTP) was arrested at the Habur Customs Gate for being in the possession of 11 handguns yesterday. The Gendarmerie command after receiving a tip off searched Sirin Balaman's taxi, who was returning from northern Iraq, at customs. Officers found 11 Glock brand handguns, a model that has been used in assassinations in the past, hidden in special compartments in Balaman's car. A court in Silopi issued an arrest... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Turkish Daily News / SIRNAK / Dogan News Agency

25384

Serbia,Iraq

19 November 2007

SEESAC (Belgrade) / VIP News Service

The Iraqi Ministry of Defense is planning to buy weapons worth 50 million dollars from Serbia. For this reason the Iraqi Minister of Defense Abdul Qadr Jasim is currently visiting Serbia to negotiate the terms of this major acquisition, the Press daily reported on Saturday. In Belgrade, Jasim met with the Serbian Minister of Defense Dragan Sutanovac and visited the Serbian arms industry. The Iraqis are planning to buy large quantities of infantry weapons and... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: SEESAC (Belgrade) / VIP News Service

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