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  • How the Taliban got their hands on modern US missiles

    06/08/2014 10:38:24 PM PDT · by House Atreides · 24 replies
    New York Post ^ | June 8, 2014 | Kenneth R. Timmerman
    "In his new book, “Dark Forces: The Truth About What Happened in Ben­ghazi” (Broadside Books), writer Kenneth R. Timmerman explains how the US government’s efforts to arm the Libyan rebels backfired, flooding weapons into Syria, and as he ­reveals here, Afghanistan: The Obama administration isn’t only giving the Taliban back its commanders — it’s giving them weapons. Miliary records and sources reveal that on July 25, 2012, Taliban fighters in Kunar province successfully targeted a US Army CH-47 helicopter with a new generation Stinger missile...."
  • Algerian troops find huge arms cache on Libya border [incl 500 MANPAD]

    10/24/2013 4:01:40 PM PDT · by Pan_Yan · 14 replies
    Reuters ^ | Thu Oct 24, 2013 3:47pm EDT | Lamine Chikhi
    (Reuters) - Algerian troops discovered a huge arms cache near the border with Libya, including hundreds of surface-to-air missiles, rockets and landmines, an Algerian security source said on Thursday. ... The source said the cache was found in Illizi in southern Algeria, about 200 km (125 miles) from the Amenas gas plant, which Libyan-based Islamist militants attacked in January, killing nearly 40 foreign contractors. The weapons included 100 anti-aircraft missiles, more than 500 MANPAD shoulder-launched rockets often used against low flying aircraft like helicopters, and hundreds of rocket launchers, rifles, landmines and rocket-propelled grenades, the source added.
  • The Stingers of Benghazi: Was the U.S. engaged in gun-running?

    05/24/2013 2:47:52 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 55 replies
    National Review ^ | 05/24/2013 | Jim Geraghty
    Earlier this week, Roger L. Simon of PJ Media broke a story with shocking revelations, contending that slain U.S. ambassador Chris Stevens was in Benghazi on September 11 to buy back Stinger missiles from al-Qaeda groups that had been originally provided to them by the U.S. State Department. Simon cited two former U.S. diplomats: Stevens’ mission in Benghazi, they will say, was to buy back Stinger missiles from al-Qaeda groups issued to them by the State Department, not by the CIA. Such a mission would usually be a CIA effort, but the intelligence agency had opposed the idea because of...
  • US has found 5,000 (surface-to-air) missiles in Libya (MANPADS)

    12/25/2011 2:08:44 AM PST · by Libloather · 15 replies
    ABS-CBN News ^ | 12/24/11
    US has found 5,000 missiles in LibyaAgence France-Presse Updated as of 12/24/2011 8:15 AM WASHINGTON - US experts sent to Libya to recover weapons left over by the regime of fallen leader Moammer Gaddafi have found about 5,000 surface-to-air missiles, the State Department said Friday. The exact number is difficult to say, said spokesman Mark Toner, as there is no actual inventory and a number were destroyed in NATO air strikes this year. "We support the Libyan government as it works on this... to disarm, demobilize, and reintegrate the militias. It's clearly a high priority for them," Toner said. The...
  • Defiant Syria is upgrading its military capabilities

    04/07/2012 12:25:32 PM PDT · by klpt · 6 replies
    Jpost ^ | 04/06/2012 | YAAKOV KATZ
    Despite the ongoing internal unrest, Syria is continuing to upgrade its military capabilities and recently declared a number of new surface-to-air missile systems (SAMs) operational. Over the past year, Syria has received a number of SA- 17 batteries from Russia under a deal signed several years ago. Two batteries are already reportedly operational and deployed along Syria’s border with Lebanon. A third is undergoing training. As a result, the IDF has modified the way it flies in the North and particularly when conducting missions over Lebanon, where it continues to fly to gather intelligence on Hezbollah activities.
  • Syrian rebels now have anti-aircraft missiles, NBC reports

    07/31/2012 8:48:55 PM PDT · by Nachum · 26 replies
    Times of Israel ^ | 7/31/12 | Staff
    Syrian rebels have acquired shoulder-fired anti-aircraft missiles, NBC News reported late Tuesday night. According to the report, Free Syrian Army rebels claim they now have nearly two dozen surface-to-air missiles smuggled from Turkey. The exact type of missile was not mentioned in the report. Such a weapon, however, would offer a significant defense against helicopter gunships that Syrian government forces have deployed against rebel strongholds such as Aleppo, where intense fighting has raged for nearly two weeks.
  • Syria and Hezbollah Have Advanced Missiles

    03/12/2012 8:25:46 PM PDT · by U-238 · 11 replies
    Naval Open Source INTelligence ^ | 3/10/2012 | Naval Open Source INTelligence
    Fears that some of the world’s most sophisticated anti-aircraft weapons that disappeared from government warehouses in Libya would end up in the hands of stateless insurgent are being realized. At least some of the roughly 480 high-performance SA-24 “Grinch” shoulder-launched missiles that disappeared during the Libyan uprising have reappeared in the hands of insurgents on the borders of Israel, say senior Israeli officials. The advanced weapons were smuggled out of Libya to Iran. From there the supply line split, with some weapons going to Syria and finally to the military wing of the Hezbollah organization in Lebanon. Others were smuggled...
  • Clinton offers more U.S. help as Libya battles militias

    09/24/2012 9:53:23 PM PDT · by huldah1776 · 15 replies
    Reuters via Yahoo News ^ | 24 Sept 2012 | By Andrew Quinn
    NEW YORK (Reuters) - U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton offered Libya more help on Monday as it seeks to rein in militias, stressing that Washington will remain a firm partner despite this month's deadly attack on the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi. ...snip... A senior U.S. official said Clinton reviewed U.S. assistance to Libya as it works to secure chemical weapons and other dangerous armaments and to crack down on armed militia groups that have sprung up since the ouster of longtime leader Muammar Gaddafi. "The secretary offered to intensify our support and help for the Libyan government in all...
  • Syrian rebels acquire surface-to-air missiles: report (MANPADs, man-portable air-defense systems)

    07/31/2012 8:26:38 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 19 replies
    Reuters on Yahoo ^ | 7/31/12 | Reuters
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Rebels fighting to depose Syrian president Bashar al Assad have for the first time acquired a small supply of surface-to-air missiles, according to a news report that a Western official did not dispute. NBC News reported Tuesday night that the rebel Free Syrian Army had obtained nearly two dozen of the weapons, which were delivered to them via neighboring Turkey, whose moderate Islamist government has been demanding Assad's departure with increasing vehemence. Indications are that the U.S. government, which has said it opposes arming the rebels, is not responsible for the delivery of the missiles. But some...
  • Iran 'steals surface-to-air missiles from Libya'

    09/28/2011 4:30:34 PM PDT · by mojito · 20 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | 9/28/2011 | Con Coughlin
    Iran's Revolutionary Guards have stolen dozens of sophisticated Russian-made surface-to-air missiles from Libya and smuggled them across the border to neighbouring Sudan, according to Western intelligence reports. The weapons were seized by units attached to the Guards' elite Quds Force, which travelled to Libya from their base in southern Sudan. Acting on orders received from Revolutionary Guards commanders in Iran, they took advantage of the chaos that engulfed Libya following the collapse of the regime of former dictator Colonel Muammar Gaddafi to seize "significant quantities" of advanced weaponry, according to military intelligence officers in Libya. They say the weapons stolen...
  • OBAMA’S BLUNDER: MISSING LIBYAN SURFACE TO AIR MISSILES (Huge threat to America)

    09/28/2011 5:44:34 AM PDT · by MindBender26 · 58 replies
    Dick Morris ^ | 9.28.201128 | Dick Morris And Eileen McGann
    For twenty years – long before 9/11 – the danger of terrorists armed with surface to air missiles shooting at passenger planes has been the secret fear of many top political leaders. In the late 90s, a terrorist network was nabbed trying to bring them into Newark Airport, but the airline industry and the government have done nothing to equip passenger airplanes with any defense against these always deadly missiles. Now Barack Obama has committed the ultimate sin: He has let 20,000 surface-to-air missiles escape from military depots in Libya. According to ABC News “U.S. officials had once thought there...
  • Nightmare In Libya: Thousands Of Surface-to-Air Missiles Unaccounted For

    09/27/2011 3:28:07 PM PDT · by edpc · 28 replies
    ABCNews.com ^ | 27 Sept 2011 | Brian Ross & Matthew Cole
    The White House announced today it planned to expand a program to secure and destroy Libya's huge stockpile of dangerous surface-to-air missiles, following an ABC News report that large numbers of them continue to be stolen from unguarded military warehouses. Currently the U.S. State Department has one official on the ground in Libya, as well as five contractors who specialize in "explosive ordinance disposal", all working with the rebel Transitional National Council to find the looted missiles, White House spokesperson Jay Carney told reporters.
  • ...25 Years in Prison...Smuggling Schemes...Plot to Bring Surface-to-Air Missiles Into United States

    05/11/2011 2:32:47 PM PDT · by Cindy · 9 replies
    NOTE The following snippet is a quote: losangeles.fbi.gov/dojpressrel/pressrel11/la050911.htm Southern California Man Sentenced to 25 Years in Prison for Convictions in Smuggling Schemes, Including Plot to Bring Surface-to-Air Missiles Into United States LOS ANGELES—A Southern California man was sentenced this morning to 25 years in federal prison after being convicted on a series of federal charges related to schemes to smuggle many items into the United States, including surface-to-air missiles designed to shoot down aircraft. Yi Qing Chen, 49, of Rosemead, California, received the 300-month sentence from United States District Judge Dale S. Fischer. Last October, following a two-week trial, a...
  • Harvard for Tyrants - How Muammar al-Qaddafi taught a generation of bad guys

    03/10/2011 2:25:36 PM PST · by Tailgunner Joe · 1 replies
    foreignpolicy.com ^ | MARCH 4, 2011 | DOUGLAS FARAH
    Col. Muammar al-Qaddafi is well known now for the abuses he has inflicted on his own people during more than four decades of brutal rule in Libya, but few remember the vast campaign of carnage and terrorism he orchestrated across West Africa and Europe when he was at the height of his powers. Nor are his more recent alliance with Hugo Chávez of Venezuela and his long-standing relationship with Daniel Ortega of Nicaragua -- both of whom are busy trampling their constitutions and moving toward dictatorship -- well understood. And the fact that all three governments support the Revolutionary Armed...
  • The Cunning Passageways of TWA Flight 800: An Unauthorized History

    07/07/2010 9:13:18 PM PDT · by jfd1776 · 25 replies
    New English Review ^ | July 1, 2010 A.D. | Christopher S. Carson
    Six months ago, authorities seized a cargo plane in Bangkok that contained 35 tons of North Korean military weapons. These included versions of the Chinese HN-5 “man-portable air defense system,” or MANPADS. The MANPADS were being shipped to Iran. The HN-5 — a copy of the Soviet SA-7— is less capable than the MANPADS Iran produces on its own. Why, you ask, would Iran be importing more primitive missiles than the ones it already makes? The only conceivable answer is that Iran was planning to provide North Korean missiles to Iran’s proxy terrorist groups, to gain plausible deniability in case...
  • RUSSIA SAYS IN TALKS WITH IRAN ON MORE NUCLEAR PLANTS

    06/10/2010 2:41:31 PM PDT · by Cindy · 6 replies · 363+ views
    (REUTERS) via YNET NEWS.com ^ | Published: 06.10.10, 22:20 / Israel News | n/a
    SNIPPET: “Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said Thursday that Moscow was in talks on building further nuclear power plants in Iran — a step that, if followed through, would rile the West — in addition to the Bushehr site, due to open in August after years of delay. Lavrov’s statement came just hours after Russia’s Foreign Ministry said the new UN sanctions against Iran over its nuclear program did not oblige Moscow to scrap a controversial deal to deliver surface-to-air missiles to Tehran.”
  • 'Merchant of death' Victor Bout indicted for trying to buy US planes to ferry arms around world

    02/17/2010 6:34:15 PM PST · by Cindy · 26 replies · 679+ views
    NY DAILY NEWS.com ^ | February 17, 2010, 7:38 pm | Alison Gendar
    Note: Photo included. SNIPPET: "Bout and American-born pal Richard Chichakli were accused of creating a new business, Samar Airlines, which they thought was clean of any connection to their own bloody dealings. Starting in the summer of 2007, Samar Airlines started making deals for airplanes and crews to ferry contraband between the United States and Tajikistan, the indictment said." SNIPPET: "The Russian-born Bout is accused of wiring $1.7 million from bank accounts in Kazakhstan, Cyprus, Russia through banks in New York City and Salt Lake City to finance the scheme." SNIPPET: "Bout, who is accused of supplying weapons to real...
  • THE FARC AND THE QUEST FOR SURFACE TO AIR MISSILES

    02/17/2010 4:45:29 PM PST · by Cindy · 7 replies · 378+ views
    COUNTERTERRORISM BLOG.org ^ | February 16, 2010 11:49 AM | Douglas Farah
    The FARC and the Quest for Surface to Air Missiles By Douglas Farah SNIPPET: "The Miami Herald today reports that the Colombian FARC has likely already fulfilled its long-time goal of purchasing surface to air missiles to be used against U.S.-supplied helicopters in Colombia. The FARC has long placed a very high strategic priority on acquiring SAMs, going back to at least 2003. The commanders officially requested money from Libya and Nicaragua at that time to purchase the weapons because the insurgency was being so badly hurt by helicopters acquired by the military and police." SNIPPET: "It is not a...
  • Centerville Man Charged in International Theft Ring

    11/24/2009 4:05:09 PM PST · by Never on my watch · 11 replies · 1,125+ views
    13WMAZ ^ | November 24, 2009 | Bernard O'Donnell
    The FBI says a Centerville man is charged with buying and shipping about 7,000 stolen cell phones in connection with an international ring trafficking weapons and stolen goods. According to the FBI, Hussein Ali Asfour of Centerville is charged with conspiracy to transport stolen property and faces up to five years in prison. A criminal complaint in the case listed his address as 100 Cross Link Trail. USA Today reports that Asfour was charged along with four other men, including three accused of trying to buy Stinger anti-aircraft missiles and machine guns destined for Syria or Iran. USA Today describes...
  • Securing Venezuela's Arsenals

    08/25/2009 1:06:23 AM PDT · by Cindy · 9 replies · 510+ views
    FAS.org ^ | August 24, 2009 | By Matt Schroeder
    Securing Venezuela’s Arsenals By Matt Schroeder The recent discovery of Swedish AT-4 anti-tank rockets sold to Venezuela in a Colombian rebel arms cache raises serious questions about Venezuela’s ability to safeguard its arsenal of modern weaponry, including dozens of advanced SA-24 shoulder-fired, surface-to-air missiles. Given the potential threat posed by these missiles and other weapons in Venezuela’s rapidly growing arsenal, the international community should take immediate steps to identify and close the gaps in Venezuela’s stockpile security and to ensure that the end-use monitoring conducted by states that export weapons to Venezuela is sufficiently robust. According to Colombian authorities, Swedish...
  • Thais detain alleged `Merchant of Death' (dealings include global illicit arms trafficking)

    03/06/2008 6:46:51 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 18 replies · 1,153+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 3/6/08 | Michael Casey - ap
    BANGKOK, Thailand - A Russian dubbed the "Merchant of Death" for allegedly supplying weapons to Africa's bloody conflicts over power and diamonds was arrested Thursday in Thailand on suspicion of conspiring to smuggle guns to Colombia's leftist rebels. Viktor Bout, 41, whose dealings reportedly inspired a 2005 movie about the illicit arms trade, was arrested at U.S. request in his hotel room in Bangkok, said police Lt. Gen. Pongpat Chayapan. Bout had eluded arrest for years and was finally seized after a four-month sting organized by the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration. In New York, federal authorities unsealed a criminal complaint...
  • Arms Trafficker Sentenced to 20 Years in Prison for Plot to Smuggle...

    04/21/2009 7:18:54 PM PDT · by Cindy · 5 replies · 779+ views
    Note: The following text is a quote: Arms Trafficker Sentenced to 20 Years in Prison for Plot to Smuggle Shoulder-Fired Surface-to-Air Missiles, Rocket-Propelled Grenades, and Other Military Weapons LEV L. DASSIN, the Acting United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York, announced that CHRISTIAAN SPIES, a leader of an international arms trafficking operation, was sentenced today to 20 years in prison for plotting to smuggle shoulder-fired surface-to-air missiles ("SAMs"), rocket-propelled grenades ("RPGs"), anti-tank guided missiles, and other high-powered military weapons into the United States for sale. United States District Judge RICHARD J. HOLWELL imposed the sentence today in...
  • Global Insights: Chinese Arms Sales Worry Washington-(SAM/ S-3oo clones for stealth jets)

    03/19/2009 5:07:26 PM PDT · by Flavius · 1 replies · 282+ views
    world politics ^ | 17 Mar 2009 | Richard Weitz | Bio |
    Will the worldwide recession actually benefit Chinese arms exports? That's what WPR managing editor Judah Grunstein speculated last week, citing Chinese defense companies' ability to reproduce foreign weapons systems and then sell them on third-party markets at lower prices than the original. It is too early to identify a clear trend, but not premature to consider potential unwelcome scenarios. The tremendous diplomatic exertions that the United States and Israel are making to keep Russia from selling its S-300 air defense missile systems to Iran or Syria, for instance, will matter little if China chooses to sell them its HQ-9 surface-to-air...
  • Dorset man smuggling parts to Iran, says US

    03/30/2008 10:04:27 AM PDT · by nuconvert · 21 replies · 1,174+ views
    Dorset man smuggling parts to Iran, says US By Patrick Sawer A British pensioner is at the centre of a worldwide police hunt after being accused by United States authorities of smuggling military parts to Iran. Brian Woodford, 77, who owns a 17th century manor house and 100-acre estate in Dorset, has been charged in his absence with selling millions of pounds worth of US military and civilian aircraft parts to the Islamic regime in Tehran. His wife Laura was arrested after arriving at San Francisco on a flight from Hong Kong with two catalogues from a Chinese company that...
  • Threat Matrix: March 2008

    03/05/2008 5:59:39 PM PST · by nwctwx · 1,515 replies · 23,048+ views
    Petraeus: Al Qaida Trying to 'Come Back In' U.S. military officials said there will be no significant reduction in coalition troops in the Baghdad area as part of an effort to stop the Al Qaida offensive in northern Iraq. They said Al Qaida was trying to reenter Baghdad and reverse its losses in 2007. "Al Qaida is trying to come back in," U.S. military commander Gen. David Petraeus said. "We can feel it and see it, and what we're trying to do is rip out any roots before they can get deeply into the ground." Read More Militants Assert...
  • Terror Raid in Western New York

    08/23/2006 6:13:01 AM PDT · by freeperfromnj · 58 replies · 1,886+ views
    WGRZ.com ^ | Updated: 8/23/2006 7:06:52 AM | Lynne Dixon
    The FBI says it's all part of an ongoing investigation into a group of Sri Lankans with terrorist plans. The FBI says there were no plans to attack Americans, but that the group, known as the "Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam" was targeting their home country of Sri Lanka. Officials say that terror group is responsible for assassinating a former prime minister of India. The Joint Terrorism Task Force raided the Amherst home. Neighbors say three men were taken out in handcuffs. They say the task force also removed files, a computer and suitcases. While it's not clear what role...
  • Russia starts delivery of TOR-M1 missiles to Iran

    11/24/2006 3:29:33 AM PST · by HAL9000 · 31 replies · 2,336+ views
    AFP via translation | November 24, 2006
    ALARM - Russia started to deliver missiles TOR-M1 to Iran MOSCOW - Russia started to deliver systems of ground-to-air missiles TOR-M1 to Iran, brought back Friday the Russian news services quoting of the sources within the complex Russian militaro-industrialist.
  • Israel's Rafael close to signing $239m missile deal with Indian Air Force

    09/25/2006 8:04:50 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 3 replies · 1,177+ views
    Aviation week & Space Technology ^ | 25 Sep 06 | Amnon Barzilai
    Rafael close to signing $239m deal with Indian Air Force “Aviation Week”: Rafael will supply its Spyder short-range air defense system. Amnon Barzilai 25 Sep 06 15:07 The Indian Air Force (IAF) is in advanced negotiations with Rafael Armament Development Authority Ltd. and MBDA of France for a $239 million contract to procure the Spyder SR short-range air defense system. The Spider air defense system combines two types of air-to-air missiles developed by Rafael which have been converted into an air defense system. One missile is the Python 5, designed for short-range aerial combat; the other is the Derby, designed...
  • Chicagoans flock to Wal-Mart jobs

    01/26/2006 6:57:58 AM PST · by george76 · 40 replies · 1,804+ views
    Chicago Sun Times ^ | January 26, 2006 | LESLIE BALDACCI
    Eighteen months after the Chicago City Council torpedoed a South Side Wal-Mart, 24,500 Chicagoans applied for 325 jobs at a Wal-Mart opening Friday in south suburban Evergreen Park, one block outside the city limits. The new Wal-Mart at 2500 W. 95th is one block west of Western Avenue, the city boundary. Of 25,000 job applicants, all but 500 listed Chicago addresses... "we saw a little bit of everything -- people who hadn't worked for a long time, people who saw an opportunity to do something with themselves. That's the information I got from applicants."
  • Wal-Mart gets 25,000 applications for Evergreen Park store

    01/25/2006 7:39:17 PM PST · by george76 · 46 replies · 1,338+ views
    Chicago Business ^ | Jan. 25, 2006 | Shruti Date Singh
    The new Wal-Mart Stores Inc. location opening Friday in suburban Evergreen Park received a record 25,000 applications for 325 positions, the highest for any one location in the retailer’s history... The only other site that’s come close to the number of applications is a store in Oakland, California that received 11,000 applications for about the same number of positions last year. Wal-Mart's Chicago-area manager Chad Donath said generally stores receive between 3,000 and 4,000 applications for about 300 to 450 positions. He says Wal-Mart has been participating in job fairs and advertising the positions as it does in other communities...
  • Russia sells anti-missile systems to Iran (per agreement with Al Gore)

    12/02/2005 2:30:17 AM PST · by HAL9000 · 31 replies · 15,786+ views
    AFP via Babelfish translation | December 2, 2005
    Russia sells anti-missile systems in Iran MOSCOW - Iran signed a contract with Russia on the sale of 29 Russian systems anti-missile Tor M-1, affirmed Friday the financial daily newspaper Russian Vedomosti, quoting sources in Russian military industry. "Iran will defend itself against the United States and Israel with the Russian systems Tor M-1", titrated Vedomosti with the one. According to the sources of the daily newspaper, expressing itself under cover of anonymity, 29 systems' anti-missile Tor M-1 able to intercept cruise missiles and airborne bombs were manufactured by the military factory Koupol with Ijevsk (the Volga) for Greece...
  • France - Islamists threaten to shoot down airliners with SAM-18 missiles from Chechen mafia

    10/28/2005 2:49:38 AM PDT · by HAL9000 · 9 replies · 898+ views
    Le Figaro via Babelfish translation ^ | October 28, 2005 | Jean Chichizola
    TWO GROUND-to-air MISSILES of Soviet manufacture, of type SAM 18, imported into Europe remain untraceable. Acquired in 2002 by a group of French and Algerian islamists near the Maffia tchetchene, these weapons are in the center of a terrorist project aiming at cutting down a civil aircraft near an airport of the Hexagon. Until now, Bruguière judge, who inquires into this cell of radical islamists, suspected them of having prepared attacks chemical or bacteriological in Paris. But the testimony of a high person in charge for Al-Qaida held in Jordan revealed that this group involved in Tchétchénie had other...
  • SCHLUSSEL: RED EYE's "Islamic" Terrorists

    08/19/2005 9:19:08 AM PDT · by Cool Chick · 3 replies · 655+ views
    DebbieSchlussel.com ^ | August 19, 2005 | Debbie Schlussel
    [CHECK SCHLUSSEL's SITE, www.debbieschlussel.com, FOR THE FUNNY PIX IN THIS POST (I couldn't figure out how to post them here.)] After seeing Wes Craven's (Freddy Kruger of "Nightmare on Elm Street") "Red Eye" (in theaters, today), I've changed my mind on my earlier trepidations about this movie. Overall, "Red Eye" is one of the few exciting movies this summer. With all of the sequels, remakes, etc., "Red Eye" is certainly one of the few originals and one of the few with an interesting plot. The plot: A terrorist corners a luxury resort hotel manager on a red-eye flight. He blackmails...
  • Russia delivers air defence systems to China

    08/20/2004 11:33:40 AM PDT · by klpt · 17 replies · 917+ views
    JDW, Key Publishing ^ | AUGUST 18, 2004 | JIANG JINTAO
    Russian State arms export corporation Rosoboronexport and the Almaz/Antey Concern of Air Defence have delivered four S-300PMU1 air batteries to China. The prime contractor of the deal, signed in early 2003, was the Academician Raspletin Almaz Research and Production Association, the primary contractor/developer of the S-300PMU1. According to a Russian defence industry official, the last ship carrying the components of the S-300PMU1 system arrived in China from Vladivostok early in August. Each of the four missile battalions has: a 30N6E1 illumination and guidance radar; an F5MU antenna post; an F52MU equipment container; a GAZ-66T survey vehicle; and 12 four-tube 5P85SE...
  • Russia's shoulder-fired surface to air missiles: Now an Islamist terrorist threat

    12/30/2003 12:06:41 PM PST · by LSUfan · 18 replies · 373+ views
    WorldTechTribune ^ | 30 December 2003 | Christopher Holton
    Originally designed to threaten U.S. and allied military aircraft in the event of conventional war, today these Russian weapons – and their Chinese knock-offs – pose one of the greatest terrorist threats in the hands of Al Qaida. Shoulder-fired surface to air missiles, sometimes referred to as MANPADS (Man Portable Air Defense Systems), are not new, but they have emerged recently as one of the major worries for counter-terrorists around the globe for two primary reasons:
  • Thailand - Hand-held missile fear sparks hunt, SAMs said to have been smuggled in

    09/30/2003 11:06:15 PM PDT · by HAL9000 · 2 replies · 249+ views
    Bangkok Post ^ | October 1, 2003 | Wassayos Ngamkham and Yuwadee Tunyasiri
    Fears are growing that six portable missiles may have been smuggled into Thailand for use in terror attacks during the Apec summit. The missiles are reported to be similar to one fired at a chartered Israeli commercial jet loaded with holiday makers as it left Mombasa airport in Africa last year. It missed and the plane continued on to Tel Aviv. A highly-placed Crime Suppression Division police source said urgent orders had been issued to trace the missiles. The detectives' report on the missing missiles is sketchy, giving no details on their origin, when they were smuggled into Thailand,...
  • Seven charged with trafficking US missile, jet-fighter parts to China

    02/28/2003 8:50:32 AM PST · by HAL9000 · 23 replies · 921+ views
    Agence France-Presse | February 28, 2003 | Marc Lavine
    The seven defendants were charged at the end of a five-year investigation into the illegal shipping of sensitive weapons, including parts used in surface-to-air missiles and fighter aircraft, prosecutors revealed. All seven, including two people of Chinese origin, were based in the Los Angeles area and allegedly attempted to export parts for weapons such as the AIM-9 "Sidewinder" heat-seeking anti-aircraft missile to China. "The investigation ... was launched in 1998 to stem the illegal flow of military and defense equipment in and out of the United States," Assistant United States Attorney Mary Carter Andrues said in a statement. The...
  • Three Decades of Missles Versus Airliners

    12/02/2002 7:53:28 PM PST · by John H K · 9 replies · 307+ views
    Strategypage.com ^ | December 2, 2002 | Jim Dunningan
    Terrorists trying to take down airliners with portable missiles has been a threat for a long time. Actually, over the last thirty years, it's been a reality. Some 29 commercial aircraft have been shot down by such missiles. However, the downed aircraft have been small, and most of these tragedies have taken place in Africa. The wars in Africa are the worst on the planet, so violent that most journalists avoid them. For three decades, this has kept the use of portable missiles against civilian aircraft off the front page. Larger airliners, like the Airbus's, and 757s, 767s and 747s,...
  • US warplanes strike SAM sites in southern Iraq

    09/27/2002 7:24:58 PM PDT · by HAL9000 · 10 replies · 195+ views
    Agence France-Presse | September 27, 2002
    WASHINGTON, Sept 27 (AFP) - US warplanes struck surface-to-air missile sites at two locations in southern Iraq in the latest of a flurry attacks on Iraqi air defenses, the US military said Friday. Coalition aircraft used precision guided weapons to bomb the sites Thursday at Qalat Sikur, about 209 kilometers (130 miles) southeast of Baghdad, and at Tallil, 274 kilometers (170 miles) southeast of the Iraqi capital. The Central Command said the raid was in response to Iraqi "hostile acts" against aircraft patroling a no-fly zone over southern Iraq. It came a day after US forces struck a mobile...