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A Trail of Bullet Casings Leads From Africa’s Wars to Iran
New York Times ^ | January 11, 2013 | By C. J. CHIVERS

Posted on 01/11/2013 1:09:57 PM PST by Brad from Tennessee

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 turned up in 2009 in a stadium in Conakry, Guinea, where soldiers had fired on antigovernment protesters, killing more than 150.

For six years, a group of independent arms-trafficking researchers worked to pin down the source of the mystery cartridges. Exchanging information from four continents, they concluded that someone had been quietly funneling rifle and machine-gun ammunition into regions of protracted conflict, and had managed to elude exposure for years. Their only goal was to solve the mystery, not implicate any specific nation. . .

(Excerpt) Read more at nytimes.com ...


TOPICS: Extended News; War on Terror
KEYWORDS: africa; ammunition; armssmuggling; banglist; darfur; eritrea; guinea; iran; kalashnikov; kenya; somalia; sudan; uganda; waronterror

1 posted on 01/11/2013 1:10:00 PM PST by Brad from Tennessee
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To: Brad from Tennessee

This can’t be a surprise, right?


2 posted on 01/11/2013 1:27:33 PM PST by GOPJ (Obama GAVE guns to Mexican drug lords...Now he wants to TAKE our guns? It's wrong.)
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To: GOPJ

Are they being shipped directly to Africa from Iran or through Venezuela?


3 posted on 01/11/2013 1:42:53 PM PST by WellyP (question!)
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To: Brad from Tennessee

How’s the NYT doing in tracking down those pesky American weapons in Mexico?


4 posted on 01/11/2013 1:47:06 PM PST by alancarp (Obama will grab your guns and ship them to Mexican drug mobs.)
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To: Brad from Tennessee

Bullet casings?


5 posted on 01/11/2013 1:50:33 PM PST by Disambiguator
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To: GOPJ
If they are not going to implicate a nation or manufacture.

Why does matter where they came from(or they didn't come from the USA so It doesn't matter)

6 posted on 01/11/2013 2:04:22 PM PST by riverrunner
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To: riverrunner

I think they meant that they didn’t set out to identify a specific nation, but that they ended up doing just that.


7 posted on 01/11/2013 2:54:34 PM PST by Boogieman
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To: Brad from Tennessee

Back in the early 1970s it was reported that the US government was making 7.62X39 unmarked ammo for someone.

The report claimed that it was still tracable to the US because they were loaded with Boxer primers when most of the world used Berden primers.


8 posted on 01/11/2013 3:36:46 PM PST by Ruy Dias de Bivar (Click my name! See new paintings!)
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To: Ruy Dias de Bivar
[Back in the early 1970s it was reported that the US government was making 7.62X39 unmarked ammo for someone.]

That was a period of global upheaval. Aside from the Cold War the U.S., the Soviets and the Chinese fought proxy wars with each other for control of the Third World. For plausible deniability the U.S. might disguise its support for an insurgency or counterinsurgency by supplying Eastern Bloc arms to its clients. This wouldn't fool anybody for long except for the news media. After Sadat broke away from the Soviets and allied with the U.S. Egypt delivered various Russian small arms to the U.S. These found there way to the mujaheddin fighting the Russians in Afghanistan. After Sadat's assassination there was a theory that the KGB plotted his death in retaliation.

9 posted on 01/11/2013 4:35:16 PM PST by Brad from Tennessee (A politician can't give you anything he hasn't first stolen from you.)
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To: AdmSmith; AnonymousConservative; Berosus; bigheadfred; Bockscar; ColdOne; Convert from ECUSA; ...

Thanks Brad from Tennessee. In before the jihad deniers (I hope).


10 posted on 01/11/2013 4:48:57 PM PST by SunkenCiv (Romney would have been worse, if you're a dumb ass.)
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11 posted on 01/11/2013 5:21:36 PM PST by SunkenCiv (Romney would have been worse, if you're a dumb ass.)
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Mali: France pointed against al-Qaeda

Mali: France pointed against al-Qaeda | Le Figaro | September 24, 2012 | Isabelle Lasserre | Posted on 09/26/2012 9:55:01 AM PDT by JerseyanExile

12 posted on 01/11/2013 5:24:48 PM PST by SunkenCiv (Romney would have been worse, if you're a dumb ass.)
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A map of the Sahel region showing where Al Qaeda operates (AFP/Graphic)

A map of the Sahel region showing where Al Qaeda operates (AFP/Graphic)

13 posted on 01/11/2013 5:25:02 PM PST by SunkenCiv (Romney would have been worse, if you're a dumb ass.)
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