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20 February 2002

Associated Press

BRUSSELS, Belgium — Belgian authorities are investigating a Russian arms dealer suspected of running guns to al-Qaida and the Taliban and have arrested the dealer's associate, officials said. Belgian officials, speaking on condition of anonymity, said they expected an international arrest warrant would be issued soon for Victor Bout, who has also been named in U.N. reports as a prominent supplier of weapons to rebel groups in Africa. Peter Hain, Britain's minister... (

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