Monday, August 13, 2007

Italy's "Operation Parabellum" uncovers huge Arms black market in & out of Iraq

"operation Parabellum" from AP, here
"... Their discovery led anti-Mafia investigators down a monthslong trail of telephone and e-mail intercepts, into the midst of a huge black-market transaction, as Iraqi and Italian partners haggled over shipping more than 100,000 Russian-made automatic weapons into the bloodbath of Iraq... Iraqi government officials were involved in the deal, apparently without the knowledge of the U.S. Baghdad command the most spectacular example of how Iraq has become a magnet for arms traffickers and a place of vanishing weapons stockpiles and uncontrolled gun markets since the 2003 U.S. invasion and the onset of civil war..."

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