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  • Iraqi Security Force Update July 2010

    07/04/2010 1:56:53 PM PDT · by DJ Elliott · 1 replies
    Montrose Toast ^ | 4 July 2010 | DJ Elliott
    Happy 4th of July. This Iraqi Security Force (ISF) update provides a summary of changes to the ISF during June 2010. The Iraqi Security Force Order of Battle is updated as of 30 June 2010. Highlights in this update include: * New Peshmerga Brigade identified; 1st Peshmerga Brigade in Iraqi Army basic. * 1st Iraqi M1A1s shipping to Iraq; Used US Equipment Transferring to the Iraqi Army; Iraqi Army airborne training delayed and possibly cancelled; First field artillery officers graduate; 17th Division in live-fire exercise with US armor. * French helicopters for Iraqi Naval Support? Iraq negotiating for new F16...
  • China using Egypt as arms production center and link to Arab, African militaries

    06/04/2010 7:21:24 PM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 12 replies · 691+ views
    East-Asia-Intel ^ | 6/2/2010 | East-Asia-Intel
    Egypt's Defense Ministry has approved plans to expand the production of joint weapons and aerospace projects with Beijing. They said both countries were discussing a draft agreement in which they would also jointly market combat platforms and weapons to Arab and African militaries. "Over the next few months, we will witness an announcement of new Egyptian-Chinese combat production that stems from joint cooperation," said Hamdi Waheiba, chairman of Egypt's Arab Organization for Industrialization (AOI). Waheiba said the cooperative effort would seek to meet the needs of the Egyptian Air Force as well as regional militaries. The two countries plan to...
  • Israel: N. Korean arms were for Islamist groups

    05/12/2010 6:33:07 AM PDT · by Bad~Rodeo · 2 replies · 291+ views
    Reuters ^ | May 12, 2010
    TOKYO - North Korean weapons seized in Thailand last year were headed for Islamist groups Hamas and Hezbollah, the Israeli foreign minister said on Wednesday. More than 35 tons of arms including rockets and rocket propelled grenades were seized from a cargo plane after it made an emergency landing at a Bangkok airport in December. Thai authorities said the plane came from North Korea. In January, the Thai government sent a report to the U.N. Security Council stating the weapons were headed for Iran, which is allied to Syria. "With huge numbers of different weapons ... (it had the) intention...
  • US Summons Syrian Diplomat Over Hizbollah 'Arms Transfer'

    04/20/2010 4:41:14 AM PDT · by fight_truth_decay · 10 replies · 204+ views
    TELEGRAPH.CO.UK ^ | 7:00AM BST 20 Apr 2010 | Staff
    The United States has summoned the senior Syrian diplomat in Washington to address "provocative behaviour" regarding the potential transfer of Scud missiles to Hizbollah that it said could be a threat to both Lebanon and Israel. "The United States condemns in the strongest terms the transfer of any arms, and especially ballistic missile systems such as the Scud, from Syria to Hizbollah," the statement, issued by State Department spokesman Gordon Duguid, said. "The transfer of these arms can only have a destabilising effect on the region, and would pose an immediate threat to both the security of Israel and the...
  • New arms treaty lifts 'burdensome limitations' on Russia

    04/09/2010 11:08:17 AM PDT · by kronos77 · 16 replies · 695+ views
    Today at 19:14 | Interfax-Ukraine The new Russian-American Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty (START) signed in Prague on Thursday by Presidents Dmitry Medvedev and Barack Obama, lifts limitations in control matters discriminatory toward Russia, said former head of the Strategic Rocket Forces Col. Gen. Viktor Yesin. "Russia has been rid of the burdensome limitations on the structure of its strategic nuclear forces imposed on it by the START I treaty," Yesin said at a news conference at Interfax's main office in Moscow on Friday. A START I provision, under which Russia had no right to have more than 154 heavy carrier...
  • US giving hi-tech weapons to Pakistan worries India

    04/04/2010 4:05:53 PM PDT · by James C. Bennett · 36 replies · 1,626+ views
    The Times of India ^ | 26/03/2010 | The Times of India
    NEW DELHI: The prospect of a nuclear deal for Pakistan gives India less sleepless nights than the fact that the US, in an attempt to "incentivise" Pakistan, is piling on sophisticated military equipment that have little to do with counter-terrorism but more to do with targeting India. With the first lot of 18 F-16C/D Block 50/52 combat aircraft due to be delivered in the next few months, India is raising the diplomatic pitch against the transfer of such equipment to Pakistan. While defence minister A K Antony has articulated these concerns, this has been the subject of a lot of...
  • Britain Reconsiders Arms Sales to Israel

    04/04/2010 10:13:26 AM PDT · by Nachum · 18 replies · 698+ views
    INN ^ | 4/4/10 | Hana Levi Julian
    (IsraelNN.com) Britain is reconsidering its policy of selling weapons to the State of Israel, and it has yet to end legal proceedings for arresting Israeli leaders. The country has yet to close a legal loophole that enables the arrest of Israeli military and political leaders if they enter the country, an issue that has dogged the heels of diplomats since the end of Operation Cast Lead. Palestinian Authority Arab representatives are still able to charge Israeli leaders with involvement in possible war crimes in the Gaza war more than a year ago, despite vows by London officials that they would...
  • The Adjustable Rate Mortgage Time Bomb Proves To Be A Dud

    03/29/2010 6:49:04 AM PDT · by blam · 19 replies · 979+ views
    The Business Insider ^ | 3-29-2010 | Vincent Fernando
    The Adjustable Rate Mortgage Time Bomb Proves To Be A Dud Vincent Fernando, CFA Mar. 29, 2010, 7:35 AM It was feared that adjustable rate mortgages (ARM) would slam U.S. homeowners in droves as low teaser interest rates adjusted-up. Many intelligent analysts and investors showed us how waves of ARM's would come due for scheduled adjustment, causing havoc to their owners. Well, it turns out that many ARM holders either modified their loans ahead of time or were simply already driven into foreclosure before it even happened. Great... we think. WSJ: "The peaks of the reset wave are melting very...
  • Despite row, U.S. and Israel sign massive arms deal

    03/25/2010 2:09:13 PM PDT · by Nachum · 13 replies · 532+ views
    haaretz ^ | 3/25/10 | Amos Harel
    As Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu was in Washington this week absorbing the full wrath of the Obama administration, the Pentagon and Israel's defense establishment were in the process of sealing a large arms deal. According to the deal, Israel will purchase three new Hercules C-130J airplanes. The deal for the three aircrafts, designed by Lockheed Martin, is worth roughly a quarter billion dollars. Each aircraft costs $70 million. The aircrafts were manufactured specifically for Israeli needs, and include a large number of systems produced by Israel's defense industry. The deal will be covered by American foreign assistance funds. The Pentagon...
  • Germany Now World's Third Largest Arms Exporter

    03/15/2010 3:14:08 PM PDT · by Flavius · 16 replies · 554+ views
    spiegel ^ | 03/15/2010 | spiegel
    Germany has become the world's third largest arms exporter, with many of its weapons, including this submarine, earmarked for Greece.
  • Obama and Medvedev Talk About Arms Treaty

    03/13/2010 9:03:15 PM PST · by Nachum · 5 replies · 338+ views
    NYT ^ | 3/13/10 | Peter Bakwe
    WASHINGTON — President Obama and President Dmitri A. Medvedev of Russia moved closer to agreement Saturday on a long-stalled arms control treaty that would slash the active nuclear arsenals of both countries by more than one-quarter, officials from both countries said. Mr. Obama and Mr. Medvedev spoke for 30 minutes by telephone to try to resolve remaining differences and set the stage for an accord before a nuclear summit meeting in Washington next month. In a statement, the Kremlin suggested that the two sides were ready to plan a signing ceremony for the treaty, which would replace the expired Strategic...
  • The Yard Sign

    03/05/2010 1:58:51 PM PST · by plsjr · 76 replies · 4,112+ views
    email from Son In Law | received 5 Mark 2010 | Ralph's Neighbor
    The yard sign... Ralph, My neighbor is a "lefty" of sorts (Obama bumper stickers, gung-ho socialized medicine, "guns should be banned", etc.). So last week I put this sign up in my yard after one of his anti-gun rants at a neighborhood cocktail party. The sign wasn't up more than an hour before he called the police and wanted them to make me take down the sign. Fortunately, the officer politely informed him that it was not their job to take such action without a court order and that he had to file a complaint "downtown" first, which would be...
  • 'Iran arms runners' held in Italy

    03/03/2010 4:27:56 AM PST · by csvset · 3 replies · 160+ views
    BBC ^ | 3 March 2010 | BBC
    Nine people, including both Italians and Iranians, have been arrested or are being sought by Italian police on suspicion of trafficking arms to Iran. Police have issued nine warrants. Some arrests have already been made but some suspects are still at large, they say. Police said "some are believed to belong to the Iranian secret services". The nine were not identified, but police said they were accused of exporting arms and armament systems, breaking a UN arms embargo on Iran. More details of the operation were expected to be released at a news conference later. Italy is Iran's biggest trading...
  • Court Leans to Pro-Gun-Rights Ruling

    03/02/2010 4:29:22 PM PST · by GOP_Lady · 19 replies · 831+ views
    The Wall Street Journal ^ | 03-02-10 | JESS BRAVIN
    WASHINGTON—The Supreme Court seemed ready to rule that gun possession is fundamental to American freedom, a move that for the first time would give federal judges power to strike down state and local weapons laws for infringing Second Amendment rights. At oral arguments Tuesday, the court considered whether its 2008 decision voiding the District of Columbia handgun ban should be extended to the rest of the country. Because Washington is a federal territory and not part of a state, the legal basis for imposing federal constitutional limits on laws adopted by states had been unclear.
  • Russia curbs purchase of military equipment

    02/21/2010 10:50:59 PM PST · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 202+ views
    Brahmand.com ^ | 1/22/2010 | Brahmand.com
    Russia will use domestically-built arms and purchase military equipment only in those fields where there are flaws, Russian Deputy Defense Minister Vladimir Popovkin has said. "The national defense sector will shoulder the production of most arms. The purchase of military equipment abroad will be made only in those fields where there are flaws," Ria Novosti quoted Vladimir Popovkin as saying to Ekho Moskvy radio on Saturday. The deputy defense minister said there were "flaws" in the production of sophisticated arms, including unmanned aircraft. He said this year Russia’s defence ministry would import drones and that work was already in progress...
  • Russia tells Netanyahu it will hold off on Iran arms deal

    02/15/2010 11:10:29 AM PST · by Nachum · 30 replies · 467+ views
    HaAretz ^ | 2/15/10 | Barak Ravid, Haaretz Correspondent in Moscow
    Russian President Dmitry Medvedev on Monday assured Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu that it would hold off on its contract to sell an advanced air defense system to Iran. Israel has repeatedly asked Russia to scrap its contract over the sale of the S-300 system to Iran. Netanyahu said he had received assurances from the Russian leader during their talks on Monday that Moscow understood the seriousness of the issues involved for regional stability.
  • Obama's exports pick tied to arms makers- Clients could spur recusals

    01/27/2010 10:06:16 PM PST · by Nachum · 179+ views
    Washington Times ^ | 1/28/10 | Jim McElhatton
    President Obama's pick to help oversee U.S. export controls for the Commerce Department is a lawyer and political supporter who has been providing export advice to Fortune 500 companies such as arms manufacturer Raytheon and aerospace giant Boeing. But while White House officials and members of Congress have lauded Kevin J. Wolf's experience for the Commerce job, his recent legal work effectively appears to bar him from potential matters involving dozens of companies
  • 120 Al-Qaida Suspects Detained in Turkey

    01/25/2010 1:13:56 AM PST · by Cindy · 11 replies · 550+ views
    (AP) via WASHINGTON POST.com ^ | Friday, January 22, 2010; 10:42 AM | By SUZAN FRASER,AP
    SNIPPET: "ANKARA, Turkey -- Turkish police launched a nationwide crackdown on suspected militants linked to the al-Qaida terror network on Friday..." SNIPPET: "Those detained Friday's raids include a faculty member of the Yuzunci Yil University in the eastern city of Van, who is suspected of recruiting students at the campus and other people through the Internet and of sending them to Afghanistan for training, Anatolia reported, citing unnamed police officials. The suspect was identified by his initials M.E.Y. only. Anatolia said other suspects included some local leaders, university students, and people believed to be spreading al-Qaida propaganda."
  • The Second Wave Is Already Ashore (ARM Resets)

    12/18/2009 8:37:49 AM PST · by blam · 11 replies · 1,170+ views
    The Daily Reckoning ^ | 12-18-2009 | Jim Nelson
    The Second Wave Is Already Ashore By Jim Nelson 12/17/09 Baltimore, Maryland – The second wave of ARM resets and foreclosures might come sooner than you think. According to Whitney Tilson and Glenn Tongue of T2 Partners, the experts on this subject, about 80% of option ARMs are negatively amortizing. Meaning these so-called top-tier borrowers are heading further into the hole. Once their rates reset, they could be in serious trouble. And that could be happening very soon: The chart above, which should look familiar, shows the two peaks in this long-term housing conundrum. The first mountain is comprised of...
  • Ukraine, Iraq sign military supplies contract worth $550 million

    12/11/2009 9:30:54 AM PST · by DJ Elliott · 5 replies · 314+ views
    Kyiv Post ^ | 12 December 2009 | Unk
    Today at 17:24 | Ukrainian News Ukraine and Iraq have concluded a $550 million contract on supplies of Ukrainian military equipment to Iraq. Oleksandr Kovalenko, the first deputy director general of the Ukrspetseksport state special export company,said this at a news briefing. According to him, Ukrspetseksport concluded the contract with Iraqi companies some two months ago. Oleksandr Kovalenko said the contract envisages supplies of over 400 units of armored vehicles within 3-3.5 years, some ten aircraft An-32, and provision of services to the Iraqi side on repair and upgrade of aircraft. "To date, a contract has been signed on supplies...
  • Freep this poll on USA Today -(Does the Second Amendment give individuals the right to bear arms?)

    12/10/2009 10:50:36 AM PST · by RolandTignor · 26 replies · 1,877+ views
    USA Today ^ | 12-10-2009 | usatoday
    Freep this poll at: http://www.usatoday.com/news/quickquestion/2007/november/popup5895.htm
  • Arms smuggling heightens Iran fears

    12/02/2009 8:45:19 PM PST · by Flavius · 2 replies · 491+ views
    washingtonpost ^ | December 3, 2009 | By Joby Warrick
    The warning came almost too late. The freighter ANL Australia had already fired its engines for a 70-mile dash to Iran when customs agents here were alerted to a possible hidden cache of weapons on board.
  • Russian Arms To Shatter USA's Far-Fetched Monopoly in Saudi Arabia (Russia's View)

    11/13/2009 11:11:33 PM PST · by bogusname · 4 replies · 620+ views
    Pravda ^ | November 13, 2009 | Sergey Balmasov
    (An Excerpt From Page 2 Of The Article)...“I should mention another interesting aspect. Modern-day Western arms are produced with special chips which make it impossible to use the weapons against the manufacturing country and its allies. It may mean that Saudi Arabia does not exclude a possible military confrontation with the West. Finally, Saudi Arabia does not perceive Moscow as an enemy. Quite on the contrary – it’s a potential partner,” the expert said...
  • Navy: 10 times more arms on ship than on Karin-A

    11/04/2009 7:12:24 PM PST · by MamaDearest · 9 replies · 796+ views
    ynetnews.com ^ | November 4, 2009 | Hanan Greenberg
    (Video) Israel Navy chief says seized Francop vessel carried enough weapons and ammunition to supply Hezbollah for month or more of fighting against Israel. Navy chief: 'Ship's crew didn't know anything about it. Neither did Egyptians.' Barak: This will not be Iran's last smuggling attempt VIDEO - "The quantity of arms seized on the weapons ship Francop is 10 times or even more than the quantity of weapons on the Karin-A ship," said Israel Deputy Navy Chief Brig. Gen. Rani Ben-Yehuda told reporters during a briefing Wednesday at the naval base in Ashdod. The Francop weapons ship that was seized...
  • Iraqi Security Force Update: November 2009

    11/02/2009 7:44:20 AM PST · by DJ Elliott · 212+ views
    Montrose Toast ^ | 2 November 2009 | DJ Elliott
    This Iraqi Security Force Update provides a summary of changes to the ISF during October 2009. The Iraqi Security Force Order of Battle as of 31 October 2009 is published at Montrose Toast. Joint Special Forces Strike Teams [Battalions] In late 2007, Prime Minister Maliki announced plans for “elite” quick reaction force (QRF) battalions in the Iraqi Army. These battalions were to be equipped with the most modern light armor and used for counter-insurgency. During the same time-period, eight battalions worth [336] of BTR-3E1 armored personnel carriers were ordered via US Foreign Military Sales. The BTR-3E1s were cancelled in 2008...
  • Venezuela gets $2.2B in credit for Russian arms

    09/13/2009 4:47:09 PM PDT · by Nachum · 8 replies · 512+ views
    google ^ | 9/13/09 | CHRISTOPHER TOOTHAKER
    CARACAS, Venezuela — Russia has opened a $2.2 billion line of credit for Venezuela to purchase weapons including armored vehicles and surface-to-air missiles, President Hugo Chavez said Sunday. Venezuela is buying more arms because it feels threatened by Colombia's decision to give U.S. troops greater access to its military bases, Chavez said. Repeating a frequent theme of his presidency, the socialist leader said the United States would like to invade Venezuela and seize the country's oil fields. He said the bases in Colombia could help the U.S. stage such an attack.
  • Gates: Clueless On Iran

    09/08/2009 4:14:48 PM PDT · by Amerisrael · 5 replies · 393+ views
    According to U.S. Defense Secretary Robert Gates, the most effective way to stop the Iranian Islamist regime from acquiring nukes, is to threaten them with a military build-up of other Islamist regimes: "US allies in the Middle East should strengthen their respective militaries to deter Iran from continuing its suspected nuclear weapons program..." If by that, Gates meant supplying Israel with all the bunker busters, refueling aircraft, and F22's it has sought to purchase, that might cause the mullahs knees to knock. But since the U.S. Administration has denied Israel purchase of bunker busters and refueling aircraft, certainly needed for...
  • Trainer spills secrets of Michelle Obama's arms (barf)

    09/07/2009 12:38:12 PM PDT · by TornadoAlley3 · 48 replies · 3,422+ views
    AP ^ | 09/07/09 | DARLENE SUPERVILLE (AP)
    WASHINGTON — At last, the secret to first lady Michelle Obama's sculpted arms? Tricep pushdowns and hammer curls.
  • Report: Hizbullah arms cache that exploded contained chemical weapons

    09/03/2009 11:42:28 AM PDT · by Nachum · 35 replies · 2,144+ views
    Jerusalem Post ^ | 9/3/09 | staff
    The hidden Hizbullah arms cache in southern Lebanon that exploded in July contained chemical weapons, and three Hizbullah terrorists died as a result of the toxins, in addition to eight other terrorists killed by the blast, the Kuwaiti newspaper Alseyassah Kuwait said on Thursday.
  • Bank's thumbprint rule irks man born with no arms

    09/02/2009 7:45:12 AM PDT · by JoeProBono · 18 replies · 485+ views
    hosted ^ | Sep 2
    A Florida man born without arms says a Tampa bank would not let him cash a check because he couldn't provide a thumbprint.
  • N. Korea: They Died With Gucci's On

    08/29/2009 3:26:15 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 29 replies · 1,151+ views
    Strategy Page ^ | 08/29/09
    They Died With Gucci's On /snip Satellite photos show that construction of new facilities continues in the suburbs of the capital, where the elite families live. There is no let-up in the importing of luxury goods, including automobiles. The leaders in the north are determined to go down with their Gucci's on. One thing the elite cannot have is cell phones. The use of such devices was made legal again at the beginning of the year (at least in the capital), and all the swells, and even their college age kids, have them. But not the most senior officials, who...
  • Shoot at the pirates? West weighs arming ships

    08/14/2009 9:21:54 AM PDT · by marktwain · 48 replies · 1,194+ views
    AP ^ | 13 August, 2009 | CHRISTOPHER TORCHIA
    ISTANBUL (AP) - Challenging a global aversion to guns aboard ships, France has put troops on tuna boats in the Indian Ocean, and Belgium is offering military units to its merchant vessels off the Horn of Africa. Now, U.S. lawmakers are weighing similar action to fight piracy. Opponents fear such moves will escalate the violence and raise a minefield of legal issues. In June, the U.S. House of Representatives passed an amendment that would require the Department of Defense to put armed teams on U.S.-flagged ships passing through high-risk waters, specifically around the Horn of Africa where Somali pirates have...
  • U.K.: We revoked Israel arms licenses, but it's no embargo

    07/13/2009 9:24:04 AM PDT · by Nachum · 11 replies · 744+ views
    HaAretz ^ | 7/13/09 | Barak Ravid, Haaretz Correspondent, and Haaretz Service
    The British Embassy in Tel Aviv confirmed Monday that the United Kingdom has revoked a number of arms export licenses to Israel following the Gaza war, but insisted that the move did not constitute a partial embargo. "There is no partial U.K. arms embargo on Israel," the embassy said in a statement to Haaretz. "U.K. policy remains to assess all export licenses to Israel against the consolidated EU and national arms export licensing criteria
  • Mystery surrounds Manitoba's sale of $1.2 million in guns to Saudi Arabia

    07/05/2009 7:38:36 PM PDT · by Red in Blue PA · 8 replies · 799+ views
    .vancouversun ^ | 7/2/2009 | Staff
    WINNIPEG — Manitoba exported a cache of guns worth $1.2 million to Saudi Arabia last year, but the federal government won't say who sold them, who bought them, or what they were used for. According to international-trade data available on the Industry Canada website, Manitoba exported a total of $3.1 million in "arms and ammunition" to foreign countries last year. That could include anything from flame-throwers to shotgun cartridges to rocket-launchers, and it's double what the province exported in 2004. Except for Manitoba's guns, Canada sold virtually no other weapons or ammunition to Saudi Arabia last year. Ontario was the...
  • Report: Eritrea supplying arms to Somali jihadists

    05/16/2009 1:00:22 PM PDT · by Cindy · 14 replies · 699+ views
    (BBC NEWS) via JIHAD WATCH.org ^ | Posted by Marisol at May 16, 2009 11:42 AM | n/a
    May 16, 2009 SNIPPET: "There have been a number of reports of foreign fighters, with possible links to al-Qaeda, fighting alongside hardline Islamists of al-Shabaab and Hisbul-Islam, said Mr Carson, the US Assistant Secretary of State for African Affairs. "We're extremely worried about the reports." "There seem to be fairly serious and creditable reports that al Shabaab does have, amongst its fighters, a number of individuals of South Asian and Chechen origin," said Mr Carson. "This is a very disturbing situation and reflects the seriousness of the problem in Somalia." Mr Carson also expressed concern about flights from Eritrea were...
  • Italian police arrest al-Qaeda suspects

    05/12/2009 1:38:07 PM PDT · by knighthawk · 10 replies · 1,000+ views
    Radio Netherlands ^ | May 12 2009
    The Italian police have arrested two men suspected of planning an attack on the Charles de Gaulle airport near Paris. They are also suspected of planning other attacks in France and Great Britain. The two are thought to play a leading role in the al-Qaeda network.
  • The Nation's Embracing, and Embraceable, Arms (BARF!!!)

    05/12/2009 6:37:18 AM PDT · by Neverforget01 · 35 replies · 704+ views
    The Washington Post ^ | May 10, 2009 | Sally Quinn
    "May I change the subject," said a prominent Washington theologian at a recent dinner. The conversation had been high-minded -- religion, philosophy, the nature of evil. "I'd like to talk about Michelle Obama's arms," he said. snipMichelle Obama's arms, we determined, were transformational. Her arms are representative of a new kind of woman: young, strong, vigorous, intelligent, accomplished, sexual, powerful, embracing and, most of all, loving. This is a woman who has the courage to say "I am mom in chief" and make her children and her family -- unapologetically -- her No. 1 priority. She is able to do...
  • Obama picks congresswoman as arms control official

    05/05/2009 5:31:41 PM PDT · by Nachum · 20 replies · 854+ views
    breitbart ^ | 5/5/2009 | ap
    US President Barack Obama on Tuesday formally nominated Ellen Tauscher, a seven-term member of Congress who is considered an expert on defense, as his top arms control official. Tauscher, who represents a California district, has a record of introducing arms control and counter proliferation legislation and has campaigned for greater oversight of the US Missile Defense Agency. She said in a statement in March, after details of her impending appointment emerged, that she
  • 'Iranian arms ship destroyed near Sudan'

    04/26/2009 12:33:24 PM PDT · by Nachum · 32 replies · 1,822+ views
    Jerusalem Post ^ | 4/26/09 | staff
    An Iranian vessel en route to Sudan in order to deliver weapons to Hamas in the Gaza Strip was attacked by an Israeli or American ship and destroyed, according to a report Sunday in the Egyptian weekly Al-Usbua.
  • UK will review arms exports to Israel

    04/21/2009 10:01:34 PM PDT · by forkinsocket · 2 replies · 285+ views
    The Jerusalem Post ^ | Apr 21, 2009 | Staff
    Britain said it will review all weapons exports to Israel following the country's recent war on Hamas in the Gaza Strip. The move comes amid pressure from British lawmakers who had demanded that the government ensure UK weapon parts were not used against Palestinians. Foreign Secretary David Miliband told Parliament Tuesday that all export licenses would be reviewed "in light of recent events in Gaza." Israel's three-week offensive ended in mid-January. He said all future applications to export arms to Israel will also be assessed with the Gaza conflict in mind. Miliband said Britain supplies less than 1 percent of...
  • Gov. Palin to receive her own AR-15

    04/21/2009 6:05:14 AM PDT · by euram · 39 replies · 2,205+ views
    Texas for Sarah Palin ^ | 04-20-09 | Josh Painter
    NRA members, keep an eye out for your copy of American Rifleman, if it hasn't already arrived. According to the latest edition of the magazine, Bob Reynolds, owner of Templar Consulting LLC, will make a special presentation at the NRA Foundation Banquet on May 14. It's a modified AR-15 (civilian version of the milspec M16 rifle), specially customized in honor of Gov. Sarah Palin. Chambered for .50 Beowulf instead of the standard 5.56mm cartridge, this special AR features several custom engravings. The Big Dipper is on the magazine well, an outline of the state of Alaska is on the stock,...
  • Mexican arms race: bigger guns for drug cartels

    04/20/2009 4:36:04 AM PDT · by Radio Free American? · 22 replies · 835+ views
    AP ^ | Mon Apr 20 | ALEXANDRA OLSON
    MEXICO CITY – An escalating arms race among Mexico's drug cartels casts doubt on whether Mexico or the U.S. can stop the flow of weaponry, despite renewed vows last week from presidents of both countries. Stockpiles captured by Mexican soldiers show that warring traffickers are now obtaining military-grade weaponry such as grenades, launchers, machine guns, mortars and anti-tank rockets.
  • Senate must reject Inter-American Arms Treaty

    04/18/2009 6:36:43 AM PDT · by marktwain · 1 replies · 370+ views
    St. Louis Gun Rights Examiner ^ | 17 April, 2008 | Kurt Hofmann
    Having backed off--for now--from the politically difficult push for a ban of so-called "assault weapons," President Obama hopes to assuage Mexican President Felipe Calderón's disappointment with a promise to push the Senate to ratify the Inter-American Convention Against the Illicit Manufacturing of and Trafficking in Firearms, Ammunition, Explosives and other Related Materials, a treaty signed in 1997, but never ratified in the U.S. President Obama announced in a visit here today that he will push the U.S. Senate to ratify an inter-American arms trafficking treaty designed to curb the flow of guns and ammunition to drug cartels and other armed...
  • What are the Pirates (holding U.S. Captain) armed with? Prediction by marktwain: Knives.

    04/10/2009 9:22:26 AM PDT · by marktwain · 29 replies · 890+ views
    10 April, 2009 | marktwain
    There are four Somali pirates holding a U.S. merchant captain hostage. I have followed the story a bit, but I have not heard any coverage of what the pirates are armed with. I would like to know what they used to hijack the ship. I suggest that people make predictions about what they are armed with. I will make mine first. They were and are armed with edged weapons, knives, perhaps fairly large ones such as machetes or pangas. This is based on the lack of coverage of the weapons used, perhaps because the media knows that a great many...
  • A New Twist on the Right to Bear Arms

    04/02/2009 9:59:14 AM PDT · by Jack L. Lee · 5 replies · 600+ views
    Post Scripts ^ | April 2nd 2009 | Jack Lee
    by Jack Lee How does a concealed weapons permit dovetail with the Constitutional [right] to, keep and bear arms? One might think the CCW is a mere bureaucratic extension of that right, something that allows the issuing county to make a few dollars charging citizens a permit fee. However, in actual practice the CCW permit has been issued rather arbitrarily. The Kern County Sheriff issued over 3000 permits in a 3 year period, only 12 had been handed out in San Francisco and only 3 in Los Angeles County. In a number of California counties your odds of getting a...
  • Legal U.S. Arms Exports May Be Source of Narco Syndicates Rising Firepower

    04/01/2009 4:17:56 AM PDT · by marktwain · 21 replies · 1,836+ views
    Narcosphere ^ | 29 March, 2009 | Bill Conroy
    More Than $1 billion In Private-Sector Weapons Exports Approved For Mexico Since 2004 Mainstream media and Beltway pundits and politicians in recent months have unleashed a wave of panic in the nation linking the escalading violence in Mexico, and its projected spread into the U.S., to illegal weapons smuggling. The smokescreen being spread by these official mouthpieces of manufactured consensus is that a host of criminal operators are engaging in straw (or fraudulent) gun purchases, making clandestine purchases at U.S. gun shows or otherwise assembling small caches of weapons here in the states in order to smuggle them south of...
  • Obama to Seek Arms Control Treaty With Russia

    03/31/2009 8:14:49 PM PDT · by Nachum · 22 replies · 657+ views
    NYT ^ | 3/31/09 | PETER BAKER and HELENE COOPER
    WASHINGTON — President Obama plans to begin negotiations on Wednesday to draft a new arms control treaty that could slash the American and Russian strategic nuclear arsenals by about a third and possibly lead to even deeper reductions, according to administration officials.
  • First lady admits: I hide my hips with pleats

    03/21/2009 2:56:33 PM PDT · by JoeProBono · 82 replies · 2,318+ views
    timesonline. ^ | March 22, 2009 | Tony Allen-Mills
    SHE may have the most talked-about forearms in US political history, but Michelle Obama revealed yesterday that she has a weakness for hamburgers and chips and is more concerned about her hips. After a national discussion about her taste for sleeveless dresses - and the consequent exposure of her toned biceps – the wife of President Barack Obama appears to be having a little more trouble keeping other parts of her anatomy in trim.
  • How to Win Yourself an Arms Contract? Don't Make a Bollywood Movie (Israeli Arms Dealer Video)

    03/12/2009 12:33:40 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 19 replies · 745+ views
    The Times (London) ^ | March 11, 2009
    So you're an arms dealer, you want to win a contract in India, and you rather liked the look of those dancing scenes in Slumdog Millionaire. What do you do next? Well, if you're the Israeli firm Rafael, the obvious (but no less excruciating) answer is to make a Bollywood movie promoting your military hardware. Doesn't sound like it has any of the ingredients for one of those classically romantic Indian films does it? Trust me. You truly have no idea how bad, or hilarious, this could be until you see it. The first thing watchers will notice is that...
  • Reports: Russia building anti-satellite weapons

    03/05/2009 9:52:36 AM PST · by pissant · 25 replies · 524+ views
    SF Gate ^ | 3/5/09 | VLADIMIR ISACHENKOV
    Russia is working on anti-satellite weapons to match technologies developed by other nations and will speed up modernization of its nuclear forces, a deputy defense minister was quoted as saying Thursday.